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Vivo X20 Plus UD with under-display fingerprint reader is now official

Kickstarting a new trend for 2018

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The phone showcased during CES 2018

We first saw Vivo’s phone with an under-display fingerprint reader a couple of weeks ago at CES 2018 as a demo phone. It didn’t take too long for the Chinese company to officially announce the device, and it’s now known as the X20 Plus UD.

The Vivo X20 Plus UD is the world’s first smartphone to ship with a fingerprint scanner built under its display. The handset’s physical design and specifications are identical to the commercially available Vivo X20 Plus in China, albeit with a under-display reader — hence the “UD” moniker.

It’s got a 6.43-inch near-borderless display which has a Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels). The Clear ID 9500 fingerprint sensor from Synaptics is neatly tucked near the bottom edge where phones usually had their fingerprint readers. It has an AMOLED panel as a requirement for the sensor to work.

As for the rest of the specifications, we have a Snapdragon 660 processor onboard with 4GB of memory and a whopping 128GB of internal storage. If that ain’t enough, a hybrid microSD card slot is always ready for action.

Keeping in with the trend, the X20 Plus UD also has two rear cameras — the main one having а 12-megapixel sensor and a f/1.8 lens, while the secondary has 5 megapixels. It comes with a 12-megapixel front camera for taking selfies.

The battery capacity of the phone is pretty hefty at 3905mAh which is more than enough to power it through the whole day and charges through USB-C. And since it’s from Vivo, the phone has a built-in ES9318 DAC for Hi-Fi audio — something the company is known for ever since.

Vivo pointed out that screen protectors will not get in the way of the under-display reader as long as they don’t exceed a certain thickness; otherwise, they would affect the reflection of light from the OLED panel and confuse the sensor. The phone will come with a layer of film that works out of the box to save buyers the time of finding a compatible one.

The phone will officially be available starting February 1 with a price tag of CNY 3,598 (US$ 565) in China. There are no available color options aside from black with golden rims around the display and cameras on the back.

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WhatsApp delays roll-out of new privacy policy until May

Signal and Telegram are trending instead

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WhatsApp rolled out a new privacy policy that clearly specifies how the instant messaging app will leverage your data for monetization. But the new privacy policy is on hold.

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, has announced that it will delay enforcing its new privacy terms from February 8 to May 15. In the blog post, the company says that none of its privacy-focused features are changing.

“We’re also going to do a lot more to clear up the misinformation around how privacy and security works on WhatsApp. We’ll then go to people gradually to review the policy at their own pace before new business options are available on May 15,” the statement said.

It faced massive backlash as users are worried about their personal data. When the privacy policy changes went public last week, the response from the public was downright brutal. Alternative apps like Telegram and Signal started trending worldwide as users started joining it in hopes of ditching WhatsApp.

Even though WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, Facebook will still fetch some crucial information like your transactions, location, and other behavioral data from linked Instagram profile. And, we all know Facebook has a nasty reputation as far as personal data management is concerned. What makes it even more outrageous is that the policy is leave or take, and there’s no third option.

In the wording used, WhatsApp says the new privacy policy will change how it partners with Facebook to “offer integrations” and that businesses can use Facebook services to manage WhatsApp chats. It said that hat all private messages between friends and family members will remain end-to-end encrypted.

According to a CNBC report, India’s technology ministry also asked WhatsApp to withdraw planned changes to its privacy policy that has drawn widespread backlash.

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Huawei P50 Pro could come with a 120Hz display, 200x digital zoom

What about Harmony OS?

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Huawei may be barred from using Google Mobile Services, but it is far from giving up. The Chinese brand has pivoted to natively developed options and continues to work on its flagship P and Mate series. Going by the usual trend, the Huawei P50 series is expected to launch soon, and we already hear a lot of chatter about it.

According to @RODENT950 on Twitter, Huawei P50 Pro will have a 6.78-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Another user on Weibo claims that the regular version of Huawei P50 will be using a 90Hz refresh rate screen, while the top-end option may come with a 120Hz panel.

Under the P50 Pro and P50 Pro+ hood will be the Kirin 9000 or Kirin 9000E chipset. Designed on a 5nm process, these are Huawei’s best-in-class and offer massive performance improvements. Furthermore, the phone will support 66W wired fast charging and 50W wireless charging.

Most importantly, the cameras are expected to get a major upgrade. The “space zoom” technology could go one step further by incorporating 200x digital zoom. Keep in mind, the recently launched Galaxy S21 Ultra has 100x digital zoom. So, Huawei’s offering makes a lot of difference, at least on paper. The P50 Pro+ will continue the race, as the phone will likely offer a massive 200x zoom from a derived 20x optical zoom setup.

While many reports said Huawei could ship the P50 series with Harmony OS, recent inputs suggest the brand shall continue with Android-based EMUI 11. In other aspects, the Huawei P50 series will come with 4 surround speakers and an upgraded vibration motor for haptics.

The phone is expected to launch in the coming months. The P50 series will consist of multiple options, and the details mentioned above are based on leaks, speculations, and unverifiable information. The end product could differ vastly.

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Honor V40 will bring back Google Mobile Services

According to a leak

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Two weeks ago, Honor was tipped to start working on Qualcomm-powered smartphones. The upcoming smartphone marks the company’s emancipation from former parent company Huawei. Finally, the Chinese company freed itself from the anti-China bans currently plaguing Huawei. As expected, Honor’s freedom isn’t stopping with Qualcomm. According to a leak, the upcoming Honor V40 will bring back Google Mobile Services when it launches.

Based on previous leaks, Honor was slated to unveil the Honor V40 on January 12, which was eventually pushed to January 18. Now, since that date has passed, the next date is on January 22. Apparently, Honor is still polishing some logistics associated with the launch.

However, according to the leak from Lenta RU, Honor delayed the launch to ensure that the smartphone is launching with Google Play Services from the get-go. If the leak is true, Honor is coming back into the Google-sponsored fold.

Though the company is also working on a Qualcomm partnership, the Honor V40 series will reportedly launch with the Dimensity 1000+ chipset from MediaTek. It will come with a 50-megapixel main camera sensor and 66W fast wired charging. As expected, the smartphone will launch exclusively in China first.

Currently, Huawei is still under extensive restrictions, further exacerbated by former president Trump’s eleventh-hour revocation of approved applications. Honor is certainly breathing a sigh of relief from losing its association with Huawei.

SEE ALSO: Honor supposedly unveiling Honor V40 on January 12

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