While the likes of Samsung, Sony and Apple have become household names synonymous with technological innovation, few outside of tech sphere will have heard of the smartphone manufacturer Vivo.
However, it’s the Chinese firm that’s about to come through with arguably the most exciting smartphone innovation of the year.
The company is about to debut the first phone to boast a full-screen, and it’ll do so thanks to an in-display fingerprint sensor and a quirky pop-up selfie camera.
The company is hosting an event on June 12 in Shanghai (via Android Central), where it seems likely to unveil the consumer version of the Apex concept first showcased in February.
At CES in January, Vivo also demonstrated a functioning smartphone with a built-in fingerprint sensor. It revealed a 6-inch bezel-less smartphone that deployed the Synaptics optical fingerprint sensor within the OLED display.
Synaptics has promised its Clear ID FS9500 sensor will accurately recognise a fingerprint in just 0.7-seconds, which played out during hands-on tests at the event. Whether this is the component featured in Vivo’s next phone remains to be seen.
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However, the full screen puzzle is only completed by the pop-up selfie cameras and that’s what we’re more intrigued about heading into the Vivo event next month. Vivo have sent us some gifs from a teaser video which you can see below.
It won’t be a solution that’ll please all smartphone fans, but it might interest those with an aversion to the cut-out displays, more commonly known as the notch.
Regardless, it’s an interesting way to achieve the full-screen effect. Other companies seem to be working toward finding away to incorporate the various sensors into the display itself, which is likely to be the long-term solution.
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