Initially, it was just thought to be a rumor that the smartphone big shots like Samsung and Apple have been attempting to integrate fingerprint sensors into their smartphones’ displays. But now this rumor seems real. Reason being Vivo, the major Chinese smartphone brand and the same company behind the names like Oppo and OnePlus, have announced the X20 Plus UD, the first ever smartphone to ship with the aforementioned technology.
To ponder deep, the phone is the product of the assemblage in Vivo and Synaptics, i.e. the US-based sensor maker. Also, this in-display fingerprint sensor had been witnessed by the consumers on a pre-production stage, at CES 2018 earlier this month, and it even ended up winning the award for the Best in Show.
Now, this demand for in-display fingerprint sensors has grown much as phone designs have slowly evolved in the direction of slimmer bezels and screens taking up almost majority of the front of the device. Here, the companies like Samsung and Google, have gotten around this by placing the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone, which can be quite less convenient. On the other hand, Apple has engineered its Face ID system on the iPhone X so that it could abandon fingerprint authentication altogether.
To be precise, other than the fingerprint scanner, Vivo’s X20 Plus UD is a pretty straightforward device. In fact, the regular X20 Plus, which was launched last year had the sensor on the back. Other specs state of a 6.43-inch 2160 x 1080 18:9 OLED display with slim bezels on the top and bottom, dual 12-megapixel cameras, backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, and a 3,905mAh battery.
Right now, the availability is confirmed only in China, without any mention regarding the price. But, in all probability, the pre-orders would be starting from today.