Vivo to Lead With Qualcomm Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor

vivo logoChinese smartphone vendor, Vivo, has announced that it will be the first in the industry to implement Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, a new ultrasonic under-display authentication solution capable of detecting fingerprints through OLED panels up to 1.2mm thick.

In a demonstration earlier this year, the company showed off the technology by incorporating it into its Xplay6 smartphone. The hands-on preview also showed a point on the back of the phone containing the same sensor that could be used to unlock the phone while underwater.

Vivo’s new handsets, the X20 and X20 Plus, currently exclusive to China, don’t feature the new under-display fingerprint sensor, but will have what Vivo said is ultra-fast, bi-directional 3D facial recognition that is said to scan as many as 128 facial features, as well as an 18:9, 2160 x 1080 AMOLED display—6.01″ for the standard model, 6.43″ for the Plus.

Vivo’s X20 and X20 Plus launched exclusively in China last month.

Meanwhile, Qualcomm’s new sensor is currently rolling out to OEMs, so expect to see it in a Vivo smartphone in the not-too-distant future.

You can check out the new technology in action in Engadget’s hands-on preview video.