Chinese manufacturer Vivo continues to push the smartphone innovation envelope with its latest handset that further reduces the physical presence of the contentious display notch.
The new Vivo V11, which is being launched for the Indian market, features an in-display fingerprint sensor and a tiny circular cut-out, which curves around the natural shape of the front-facing camera.
Vivo is calling this the Halo Fullview Display, which is slightly different from the droplet-shaped Waterdrop Screen offered by the Oppo F9.
The V11 follows on from the Vivo V9 and now includes the in-display biometric tech included on the Vivo Vivo NEX series and the Vivo X21 phones. As with those phones, you’ll need to place your thumb on a particular area on the screen in order to unlock the handset.
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Because the in-display tech works better on OLED screens, this also means an upgrade from the V9 to a 6.41-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, with a 19:9 aspect ratio (via The Verge).
Elsewhere the specs are a mixed bag. There’s a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. The 3,400mAh battery that should keep things ticking along nicely. Vivo is offering a pair of rear-facing cameras (12-megapixel/5-megapixel), while the selfie camera offers a whopping 25-megapixel f.2/0 snapper.
Some folks will be glad to hear that there’s a headphone jack, but unfortunately the device is still charged via micro USB rather than USB-C.
Pricing and release date isn’t set yet, but the phone will be arriving in India and Thailand first. Other international markets will follow. We’ve seen nothing from Vivo in the UK and US yet, so lets hope this changes soon.
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