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Vivo shows off Under Display fingerprint scanning

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We got teased about this last week, and we’re not disappointed by the actual news: Vivo now has the technology for placing a fingerprint scanner right under a smartphone display — no more need for separate sensors!

Made in collaboration with Qualcomm and shown off at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai, the technology is called Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution, or Under Display for short.

If this sounds like old news to you, you’re not alone. This has been talked about in years past, but it’s only now that a smartphone manufacturer is applying it to commercial products.

Watch the trailer below:

So much hype!

As you can see, this is unlike anything we’ve seen before. The concept phone shown in the video may not reflect an actual product just yet, but anything close to that bezel-less design would be amazing.

Interestingly, the scanner could also be accessed through a metal back cover or frame. This is made possible by Qualcomm’s latest fingerprint-scanning tech, which uses ultrasound to go through 1.2mm-thin materials.

Advantages include being able to unlock the phone while wet, removal of physical home buttons with traditional fingerprint sensors, and creating a truly full-screen smartphone.

Vivo and Qualcomm haven’t given an official date for when the first batch of mass market products would arrive, but whatever the case, we’re simply glad to see this feature finally making its way to our hands!

SEE ALSO: Vivo Y53 review: Too simple or simply good?

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Samsung readies dual-camera for Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung Galaxy S8 takes top honors at MWC Shanghai 2017

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In between all the interesting announcements, awards were given out during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai this week, headlined by the Samsung Galaxy S8.

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Snapdragon 450 is Qualcomm’s newest midrange chipset

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Last month, we saw the unveiling of the Snapdragon 660 and 630 processors, both of which cater to upper-midrange phones. What about the lower end? There’s the Snapdragon 450 for that.

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