The Vivo X20 Plus UD Launched in China
After a lot of anticipation and rumors finally we have the world’s first smartphone that has a In-Display fingerprint scanner. Vivo has launched the new Vivo X20 Plus UD in China yesterday and the phone will go on sale on February 1.
Vivo earlier this month showcased a In-display fingerprint mobile at the CES. Now that prototype is available as the Vivo X20 Plus UD (UD stands for under display).
Moreover, the Vivo X20 Plus UD costs CNY 3598 or Rs. 35,000, not an exorbitant price. The X20 Plus UD comes with some hardware changes in comparison to the Vivo X20 Plus.
Synaptics (the company famous for making trackpads) has developed this technology and is going to mass produce in-display biometric sensors.
It may come as a surprise to many, that a Chinese company (Vivo) has triumphed over global leaders, Samsung and Apple, to get early access to this new cutting-edge innovation. Such new breakthroughs are rare. And usually, we expect companies with deeper pockets to develop them, for later adoption by others.
But not in this case!
The new Synaptics in-display fingerprint scanner comes with a CMOS image sensor with 0.7 mm thickness. It works under the display through the OLED panel to offer quick unlock feature.
The synaptics fingerprint ID used in the phone is called Clear ID 9500. Notably, the In-display technology works with AMOLED displays and not with the LCD panels.
So, it means this will not be available in low-cost phones as the AMOLED displays are expensive and are used in mid/high end phones.
As per Patrick Moorhead, a renowned Tech writer from Forbes, who has been using the Vivo phone prototype, says the in-display fingerprint reader is fast. In fact, this technology is quicker in comparison to the iPhone X Face id.
Also, Synaptics is claiming that its technology is three times Quicker in comparison to the Apple Face ID.
Hardware Specs for the Vivo X20 Plus UD
The Vivo X20 Plus UD comes with a large 6.43 Inch Full HD+ (2160*1080 pixels) display. The front side has least amount of bezels and the display offers 18:9 aspect ratio. The Super Amoled Panel offers vivid colors and even has 2.5D curved glass on top.
Powering the phone is the latest Chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 660. The 8-Core processor comes with a clock speed of 2.2 GHz and ultra-fast Adreno 510 GPU. The processor is much faster in comparison to the Snapdragon 630 used in phones like Moto X4.
Additionally, the phone has 4 GB Ram, 64 GB of internal storage and it is expandable to 256 GB using the micro-sd card.
Other highlight feature of the X20 Plus UD is the Dual Rear camera setup. It comes with a 12 MP lens with f/1.8 aperture and the secondary lens offers 5 MP resolution. You can click bokeh shots and better low light images with the incredible cameras.
For Selfies, we have a 12 MP camera (Dual Pixels) with f/2.0 aperture and a myriad of software features.
The phone runs on the Android Nougat 7.1 OS along with the Fun touch OS 3.2. Additionally, for audiophiles it comes with a HIFI ES9318 DAC enhancing the audio experience.
Furthermore, the X20 Plus comes with a large 3905 mAH battery and even has fast charging support.
The sleek design mobile measures 7.45 mm in thickness and weighs 183.1 grams. For connectivity, it has USB Type C port, Bluetooth 5.0 and 4G Volte support.
How does the In-display fingerprint Scanner Work?
The basic principle for the in-display fingerprint sensor is that a small part of the screen can be set as a fingerprint reader. When the user press that portion of the display it acts as a fingerprint scanner.
The technology used by Synaptics is called Clear ID, and it works seamlessly. A fingerprint image is illuminated below the display, and when a user touches it, the phone unlocks.
Earlier there were reports that the in-display fingerprint scanner is also developed by a company called “Goodix,” as reported by Gizmo China.
The In-display Fingerprint Scanner is a disruptive technological Breakthrough
We are currently using most phones with either a rear or a front fingerprint reader; there are exceptions like the iPhone X, does not have a fingerprint reader.
However, this new technology can change the way we unlock our phones.
In-Display Fingerprint Readers Can Improve User Experience
Also, the Bezel-less displays with 18:9 aspect ratios are becoming popular. I can bet, it is going to be hard to find phones without 18:9 aspect ratio in late 2018 or 2019.
The In-display fingerprint reader provides mobile manufacturers a way to make the displays full vision, and even use the front fingerprint reader.
When the Samsung S8 or S8 Plus came out. The most prominent flaw was the placement of fingerprint scanner near the rear camera. It is difficult to access and even leaves accidental fingerprint marks on the camera lens. Such issues will be easy to avoid by using this technology with a front fingerprint reader.
There are also concerns about the mass availability of the in-display fingerprint sensors. However, Synaptics has allayed those fears by confirming that they have gone into mass production. And will be able to supply 70 million units in 2018.
As per the report, Vivo will be using the technology for most of its new mobiles in 2018, ditching the rear mounted scanner.
Oneplus 6 May Use In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
Synaptics also shared that they have tied up with five mobile manufactures to make use of this technology in the coming year. Besides, Vivo, they have partnered with Oppo, Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. Oppo and Vivo are part of the same parent company, BBK electronics that also own Oneplus. I believe that the next Oneplus phone – OnePlus 6, can also feature this new technology.
Lastly, there may be some concerns for Apple. As they recently switched to Face ID and gave up entirely on the fingerprint reader technology in the flagship phone(iPhone X).
It is going to look odd for Apple to re-introduce and convince fans to use the fingerprint reader technology again.