Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo along with Qualcomm unveiled the next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solution at MWC (Mobile World Congress) Shanghai 2017. The companies used a modified version of the Vivo XPlay 6 to demonstrate the new fingerprint sensors for display and metal. While Qualcomm claimed that the under-screen fingerprint scanner technology would be sent to OEMs for commercial sampling in Q4 2017, Vivo seems to have gone a step closer on integrating this technology on its upcoming handset Vivo XPlay 7.
A set of images of the new Vivo smartphone has just emerged on the Chinese microblogging site, Weibo. The images which were revealed via leaked presentation slides show off the on-screen fingerprint sensor to be integrated into the device. While rumours suggest Vivo to be working on two new smartphones- X20 and X20 Plus, the leaked presentation slide indicate that the X20 will be called as the XPlay 7. The slides further give a glimpse of the design and features of the smartphone. The phone as seen on the leaked image comes with a curved display and minimal bezels at the sides. The volume keys and power button are placed on the left side of the Vivo XPlay 7, and it appears that the handset is built out of metal. Interestingly, the slides (although blurry) show the smartphone featuring three camera sensors on the rear panel. However, the rear LED flash module is missing.
Notably, the Vivo XPlay 6 was unveiled in November 2016, and if the company follows similar launch timeline, then its successor could likely be announced in the fourth quarter this year. The Vivo XPlay 7 is expected to carry Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip) and sport an AMOLED display. The phone is tipped to include 6GB or 8GB of RAM and run Android Nougat OS out-of-the-box.