Finally we now have a name for the world’s first in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a birth date. The Vivo X20 Plus UD goes on sale Jan. 24, starting in China.
We first saw the one-of-a-kind tech at CES, the world’s largest technology show. Chinese phone maker Vivo showed us a preproduction device that can scans your fingerprint when you place your finger on the screen. There’s no home button, just a target on the lock screen that you tap when you want to unlock the device — and then it’s out of your way. Vivo calls it Clear ID.
Although Vivo’s phone will be the first to market with this innovation, we expect it to kick off a trend in 2018 and beyond. Currently, almost every phone on the planet has a physical fingerprint scanner that you press to get into your phone: either south of the screen, integrated in the power button, or on the phone’s back.
Apple’s iPhone X is one notable exception — it uses Face ID to unlock the phone, and has no fingerprint scanner whatsoever.
Both the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8were rumored to get the embedded sensor, and didn’t. With the Galaxy S9 launching in February in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung and other device makers will have a chance to show off their use of the technology, which was created by components company Synaptics.
The Vivo X20 Plus UD is a variation on the previously announced X20 Plus, so expect it to have the same 6.43-inch AMOLED display with thin bezels, a Snapdragon octa-core processor, dual rear cameras and 4GB of RAM — the in-screen fingerprint sensor is really the standout feature.
Vivo will announce the X20 Plus UD Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. local time in China; it’s unclear if it will come to other markets outside of Vivo’s home country.
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