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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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Apple iPad explodes inside an Amsterdam store

Three employees treated for minor injuries

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It looks like this exploding gadget trend isn’t ending any time soon.

The latest casualty happened in Amsterdam, Netherlands — inside an official Apple store, no less.

An iPad on display burst because of a leaking battery, causing minor injuries to three employees inside the store. Everyone was subsequently evacuated and the local fire brigade checked the scene for damages.

Fortunately, the three employees suffered only respiratory issues based on the latest report. In addition, there was no actual fire involved.

Apple is still investigating the incident and has yet to release a public statement.

This isn’t the first time Apple is facing problems with exploding products, but these cases are still too rare to cause widespread fear or a recall.

At least the device wasn’t bitten this time.

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Netflix is testing engagement by putting ads between episodes

Netflix, no chill

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How would you feel if, after a long day at work, you were relaxing and catching up on a series you’ve been excited to binge, and it gets interrupted by “But first, check out…” followed by a trailer of another show? If you’re miffed at the thought then you should sip your most calming tea, because that’s exactly what Netflix has started to do.

The streaming big shot has confirmed to Ars Technica that this move is a test to see whether or not inserting these ads would help speed up viewers’ discovery of new titles that they’ll like. Right now, these ads only appear for some people globally, but Netflix did not confirm how long this test will last.

The move has garnered some backlash from users encountering the ads, but Netflix has said that, although they are aware of the “chatter on social channels,” their focus is more on the engagement to these ads and that this is what will determine a wider rollout in the future.

If you find yourself faced with these ads though, apparently you can opt out of these tests. That way, you’ll still be able to Netflix, chill, and binge watch the night (and/or day) away.

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Huawei’s Nova 3 to go on open sale starting August 23

More than 50 million units have been shipped globally

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Just last month, Huawei launched the Nova 3 and 3i in India, and since then the duo has been up for purchase via flash sales in India. The company says the two phones have garnered incredible response globally and more than 50 million units have been shipped as of now.

Huawei has announced that the Nova 3i’s next flash sale will be held on August 21. On the other hand, the more powerful Nova 3 will be available via open sales (not flash) starting August 23, 1 PM. Both phones are exclusively sold on Amazon.in, and Prime members can order the Nova 3 from 12 noon itself.

The Nova 3 is priced at INR 34,999 (US$ 500) and competes against the mighty OnePlus 6. The phone has an edge over the OnePlus counterpart thanks to the beautiful glass backing that has nice color gradients. It features Huawei’s latest processor along with added AI capabilities and a GPU Turbo mode for a more refined gaming experience.

The phone comes with a host of offers including zero fee EMI and screen protection insurance. American Express cardholders are eligible for an instant cashback of INR 3,000, while telecom operator Jio is bundling along 100GB of data worth INR 3,300 along with the phone.

The Nova 3i is a midrange phone that features the same premium glass backing along with a slightly weaker processor. Though, it also houses a host of AI-powered features along with the popular GPU Turbo mode.  The phone is priced at INR 20,990 and competes against the Honor Play, Nokia 7 Plus, and the Mi A2.

The Nova 3i too has many offers bundled along, including an instant five percent discount when purchased via HDFC credit and debit cards. Zero-fee EMI options up to nine months are also available.

The two phones are cheaper siblings of the P20 Pro and feature the same high-end design language along with a suite of smart features thanks to EMUI.

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