Meet the first smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanner... oh, it also packs 3 cameras at the back
At this year's MWC Shanghai, Chinese manufacturer Vivo displayed smartphone prototypes that employ Qualcomm's next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. While Qualcomm clearly stated that it will start sending the tech to phone makers for commercial sampling in Q4 2017, it appears that Vivo might have gotten a bit of a head start.
A bunch of images showing the upcoming Vivo Xplay 7 (also known as X20) emerged today. They pretty much confirm that the handset will be the first to have an on-screen fingerprint reader. This makes perfect sense, as one of the prototypes at MWC Shanghai was based on the current Xplay 6 model.
Slides from a presentation about the phone leaked out initially. Although the quality isn't all that good, we can clearly see that the "all-screen" front of the handset is quite similar to the Galaxy Note 8 renders released so far.
The back of the Xplay 7 reveals an interesting camera composition at and the source that uploaded these images on Weibo claims that this is a triple-camera setup. A trio of HD renders that broke cover a few hours later seems to confirm this, but we're a bit baffled by the lack of a LED flash here. The three sensors at the back will probably bring some fancy AR features, a la Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.
At the moment, there's no information regarding the exact hardware specifications of this device, but it will most likely be in the high-end spectrum. Launch and release dates are also uncertain at this point, but we'll probably find out more soon.