The more technology advances, the more manufacturers get rid of the “excess baggage” of their devices. Whether this translates to fewer hardware pieces or design features, ultimately the idea is to shrink and ditch. In the past year, we’ve seen premium smartphones get rid of headphone jacks and chunky bezels. Well, in 2018, we’ll likely see phones throw out rear or frontal fingerprint sensors in favor of under-the-display ones. Vivo is the first to have done it with its X20 Plus UD model #mobilemagic
The model has been on display at CES 2018 and recently, appeared on TENAA. Rumor is the smartphone will hit the market next week with technology from Synaptics. The scanner works by sending beams of light to the OLED display (it doesn’t work with LCD) before reading the fingerprint and authenticating the user.
It’s not the most performant from the brand though, much to our dismay. It has a 6.43” AMOLED display with 18:9 ratio and runs on a Snapdragon 660 chip with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. You can count on dual rear cameras, one having a 12MP f/1.8 sensor and the other working with a 5MP one. The selfie camera comes with a 12MP f/2.0 sensor.
You don’t have to compromise when it comes to battery, seeing as Vivo equipped this phone with a 3,800mAh cell. That’s also true for design, which has clean lines and rounded edges.
On January 25, when it’s said to arrive, it will cost CNY3,998 ($625/€510).