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OPPO wants to drag in-screen fingerprint readers into the mainstream

Chinese manufacturer OPPO is working on another smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint reader.

It’s called the OPPO R17, according to a source familiar with the device, and bundles a dual-camera on the rear (no, it’s not housed underneath a sliding cover like that of the flagship OPPO Find X) and a fingerprint sensor nestled beneath the notch-clad screen.

An Oppo R17 held in hand displaying homescreenTwo black Oppo R17 standing on white background showing front and back panel view

Something doesn’t quite add up, though.

Last month, the handset surfaced on Chinese certification agent TENNA’s online database. The accompanying documentation included a render that showcased the unit with a horizontal camera setup, while the device in this latest leak has a vertical configuration.

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It’s possible that someone, somewhere, has muddled up the branding and we’re looking at two different handsets, but we aren’t in the business of taking chances, so we’d recommend taking this leak with a pinch of your preferred seasoning until we have more information.

What we can confirm, however, is that OPPO is serious about integrating its in-screen fingerprint reader into as many smartphones as possible, beating Apple and Samsung to the punch, in order to give it the edge it so desperately needs to compete with its westernised rivals.

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