The first phone maker to put a fingerprint reader into the screen may be Vivo
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The first phone maker to put a fingerprint reader into the screen may be Vivo


The biggest question regarding both Apple and Samsung’s upcoming flagship phones is currently this: Will they come with a fingerprint reader embedded into the screen?

And while the jury is still out on both the upcoming iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Note 8, a new report claims that the first phone maker to launch a phone with this feature is China’s Vivo. 

The report, unearthed by Android Authority, comes from researcher Jiutang Pan, who shared his intelligence on Weibo

According to Pan, Vivo may release a phone with a fingerprint scanner inside the screen in the next few months. Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Note 8 aren’t expected before September. Pan thinks that the Note 8 will not have this feature at all, while Apple will be the first “foreign” — i.e., outside of China — manufacturer to launch this feature. 

Pan’s report is far more credible than your usual analyst talk, however, as the researcher shared a video of a prototype Vivo phone with a fingerprint scanner invisibly embedded into the screen. 

In the video, we see a smartphone apparently being unlocked by placing a finger on a dedicated area on the screen, which disappears as soon as the phone is unlocked. 

Vivo isn’t as well-known a brand as Samsung or Apple, but it is selling a lot of smartphones; it is currently the fifth-largest manufacturer in terms of global smartphone shipments, according to IDC. It launched several innovative products in the past couple of years, including an ultra-thin smartphone as well as a smartphone with a dual selfie camera

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June 16, 2017
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