A phone with no charging port, no speaker grilles, and made completely of glass probably sounds a bit like satire from The Onion, but I can assure that’s exactly what Chinese smartphone maker Vivo showed us this week with its new - and fully functional - Apex 2019 concept phone.

The Apex is covered entirely in glass: the back, sides, and front are all smoothly polished, giving the phone an oddly smooth and almost stone-like quality. Vivo had to come up with an entirely new way to process glass in order to create the variable thickness and curvature required for the shape of a smartphone, and there’s no doubt that the result is impressive - it looks like no other smartphone I’ve ever seen.

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