At the CES 2018 event earlier this month, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo showed off a prototype smartphone which was the first of its kind. It featured an in-screen fingerprint scanner which has been one of the most awaited features for upcoming phones in 2018.
The exact release date has been unknown until Vivo recently confirmed that a version of the Vivo X20 Plus equipped with an in-screen fingerprint reader will be launched on January 24. The teaser image that came with the announcement only reveals a pattern similar to a fingerprint and the text “Unlock the future”.
The Vivo X20 Plus is actually a released phone already, but it does sport a normal fingerprint scanner instead of the new technology. The new version will likely have the same specifications as the already existing X20 Plus as well as a similar design, but we can’t know for sure yet. If it’s the case, the smartphone will have a 6.4-inch screen with a Snapdragon 660 chipset and 4GB of RAM under the hood. A 12MP dual camera setup can also be found on the rear. These specs are not the best on the market but combined with the new fingerprint scanning technology it will be a really interesting phone.
The new technology, which was developed by Synaptics, worked well on the concept phone at CES 2018 according to people who tried it out, but it was a tiny bit slower than usual. We should definitely expect more companies to make sensors similar to this one in the future, maybe for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9?
This device will likely be exclusive to the Chinese market in the beginning, but it will hopefully come to more countries as well. The price is also unknown at the moment, but we’ll hopefully find out at the event tomorrow!