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Vivo X20 Plus UD is 1st phone with in-display fingerprint sensor?

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At the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas, Vivo showcased the world’s first optical in-display fingerprint sensor. The smartphone OEM said it is ready for mass production, though it declined to reveal the handset model that will adopt the technology, as well as its specifications and price.

First Vivo smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor 

The company said the phone will launch in the first half of 2018. It could be as late as June then. However, there’s reason to believe it might arrive sooner than expected. A new device called the Vivo X20 Plus UD has been certified by authorities in its home country of China.

The Vivo X20 Plus UD on TENAA

The “UD” naming convention could stand for “under display,” referring to the advanced fingerprint reader the phone carries.

According to its Chinese certification, the Vivo X20 Plus UD will have a 6.43-inch OLED screen with a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Why did Vivo opt for a more expensive OLED display, you ask? Well, currently, in-display sensors only work with an OLED panel since it can light up individual pixels instead of the entire screen, which an LCD with standard backlighting does.

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The hardware itself is identical to the Vivo X20 Plus, though obviously, the fingerprint reader of the standard X20 Plus is missing from the back of the unit. The dual-camera system on the rear remains, consisting of 12- and 5-megapixel cameras, as do the many other specs found in the X20 Plus, including a Snapdragon 660 chipset with 4GB of RAM.

The ‘UD’ in ‘Vivo X20 Plus UD’ could stand for ‘under display,’ referring to the advanced fingerprint reader the phone carries. The hardware itself is identical to the Vivo X20 Plus.

The base storage is 128GB, while the battery, rated at 3,800mAh, has a slightly lower capacity compared to the 3,900mAh cell of the X20 Plus.

Vivo has yet to make the X20 Plus UD official, but an announcement should come shortly. It’s also important to note that the OEM didn’t release its flagship X20 series in the Philippines, so the chance of the phone ever making it to local shores at any point this year is pretty slim.

Via Gadgets 360

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.