Many of us are perfectly happy with the fingerprint scanner positioned on the back of our phones — where there's plenty of room even as bezels on the front shrink. However, under-display sensors continue to be heralded as the next great innovation in mobile tech. Vivo has shown everyone else what's possible and other OEMs are sure to follow suit, hoping that the wow-factor alone will move consumers to get on board.
It wouldn't be a surprise to hear that any Android manufacturer is working on a device with an in-display sensor, and that's exactly what we're hearing about HMD Global, the maker of Nokia-branded handsets. Thanks to a new super-thin LG display, the next high-profile Nokia phone could be one of the first outside China to sport the futuristic fingerprint reader.
Yes, you may have heard rumors before, but here's proof. HMD and FIH are working on the Nokia "A1P" aka "A1 Plus" aka "AOP" with Snapdragon 845 and an under-display fingerprint reader (LG OLED panel). Also has a "high risk" camera, whatever that means. https://t.co/V9tU6xUVzQ
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 27, 2018
According to Roland Quandt of WinFuture, the phone is referred to internally as any of the following names: A1P, AOP, A1 Plus, or A1 Plus Euro. The Nokia 8 Sirocco had the working title "A1N" and that leads Quandt to theorise that this is the company's next high-end flagship destined for European markets. As well as the new fingerprint sensor tech, the device will apparently have a Snapdragon 845 and a "high risk" camera, which is delightfully cryptic.
The phone is said to be built by Foxconn, but little else is known about it at this point. It's possible that it could be the long-rumored Nokia 9 (which is what everyone thought the 8 Sirocco was going to be) and there's a chance we could hear more about it at IFA 2018 in Berlin later this summer. We've been impressed by many of HMD's mid-range offerings over the past couple of years, but it's about time the company made a high-end smartphone we can truly drool over. Here's hoping this is what we've been waiting for.