Owners of the Nokia 9 PureView have had a rough go with the in-display fingerprint sensor they've bought their phones — our Ryan Whitwam was not impressed with the fussing around and finger-jambing he had to do in order to achieve authentication. A software update last week was supposed to loosen up and get the sensor working as it should. But manufacturer HMD Global is now investigating a complaint saying that the phone is too loose, producing false positives from unknown fingers and even a packet of gum. Read More
Today Vivo has revealed a new concept phone in the vein of yesterday's Meizu. The device, which only seems to go by the unimaginative name "APEX 2019 Concept Smartphone," isn't only Vivo's first 5G smartphone, it also eschews most modern design sensibilities. The APEX 2019 has "no openings, seams, or bezels," no front-facing camera, a proprietary magnetic power/data connector, and an in-display fingerprint sensor which covers nearly the entire screen. Read More
Flagship phones with just one rear camera are becoming rare, and apparently two sensors on the back isn't enough either. Nokia's upcoming flagship, the Nokia 9 PureView, has previously been rendered with a whopping five cameras on the back, and this latest leak from Evan Blass confirms the camera setup. Read More
It's far from a secret at this point that the upcoming OnePlus 6T will shirk the pesky external fingerprint sensor in favor of the as-yet-unproven, superior in-display variant. Snarkiness aside, I am personally skeptical at this point, but that doesn't mean the prospect isn't neat. And from the sounds of the latest blog post from OnePlus, the company is pretty excited to show off what it has accomplished with what it dubbed Screen Unlock. Read More
The OnePlus 6T was rumored to have an in-display fingerprint sensor ever since the Oppo R17 debuted with one. OnePlus phones are often based on one of the R-series devices and as the timing lined up with our expectations for the 6T, we collectively figured it would get one as well. Last week's alleged leaks of the phone's packaging seemed to corroborate that, and now Cnet has received confirmation from OnePlus (with screenshots) that the 6T will have an in-screen fingerprint reader. Read More
For the past few generations, OnePlus's phones have been heavily based on those from sister company OPPO. The OnePlus 6 was based on the OPPO R15, the OP5T was inspired by the R11s, and so on. OPPO's R17 debuted last month with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 'waterdrop' notch, and — surprise! — the alleged box for the OnePlus 6T showcases those same features. Read More
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. Read More
In-display fingerprint scanners on phones had been prophesied for some time, but few expected relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer Vivo would be the first to release a consumer product to the market. The X20 Plus UD went on sale last month, exclusively in China, for around $565.
By all accounts, the fingerprint reader works pretty well, although the phone was mostly unremarkable otherwise. It shipped with dual rear cameras, a 1080p 6.43" OLED panel, and a Snapdragon 660. Vivo isn't resting on its laurels, and here at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, the company has been showing off an even more impressive device. Read More
At CES, we got to check out an in-display fingerprint sensor on a device from Chinese manufacturer Vivo. This type of scanner has been rather popular with the rumor mill for some time now, but Vivo is the only company to have gone ahead and put it in a production device. The X20 Plus UD is the world's first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and it's now up for pre-order in China for the equivalent of $565 USD. Read More