Both Apple and Samsung might lose the race to embed a fingerprint scanner into a phone screen
The biggest question regarding both Apple and Samsung’s upcoming flagship phones is currently this: Will they come with a fingerprint reader embedded into the screen?
And while the jury is still out on both the upcoming iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Note 8, a new report claims that the first phone maker to launch a phone with this feature is China’s Vivo.
According to Pan, Vivo may release a phone with a fingerprint scanner inside the screen in the next few months. Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’s Note 8 aren’t expected before September. Pan thinks that the Note 8 will not have this feature at all, while Apple will be the first “foreign” i.e., outside of China manufacturer to launch this feature.
Pan’s report is far more credible than your usual analyst talk, however, as the researcher shared a video of a prototype Vivo phone with a fingerprint scanner invisibly embedded into the screen.
In the video, we see a smartphone apparently being unlocked by placing a finger on a dedicated area on the screen, which disappears as soon as the phone is unlocked.
Vivo isn’t as well-known a brand as Samsung or Apple, but it is selling a lot of smartphones; it is currently the fifth-largest manufacturer in terms of global smartphone shipments, according to IDC. It launched several innovative products in the past couple of years, including an ultra-thin smartphone as well as a smartphone with a dual selfie camera.