Every other phone maker today seems to be eager to join in on the front side notch design party, especially in the wake of the blockbuster success of Apple’s iPhone X last year. Some mobile brands, however, are continuing their quest to deliver a true bezel-less, all screen smartphone, or at least one with the slimmest bezels possible (while a few are already trying to offer the best of both worlds by camouflaging the front notch against a black bar -- here’s looking at you Huawei, LG, and OnePlus).
This week marks the start of the global launch of the X21, the newest flagship offering from Vivo. As one of the leading phone maker brands in China (considered by many as the biggest market for smartphone devices in the whole world), it would only be natural for Vivo to release the X21 first in its native homeland (which it did back in March early this year). Now, the X21 is about to hit store shelves in international markets such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan, and soon after, the rest of the world. Vivo’s X21 smartphone will come with a starting price of around $600.
According to a report recently released by financial services company IHS Markit, the volume of shipments of smartphones that feature a display with a built in fingerprint scanner will go over a hundred million units by next year. For some context, the current projected number for this year is at a significantly more tame 9 million units.
As the world’s biggest tech conference on mobile technology, the annual Mobile World Congress has on several occasions served as a venue for mobile manufacturers to introduce concept smartphones. In this year’s event, Vivo took the opportunity to unveil its APEX FullView concept smartphone, and the Chinese tech giant is eagerly positioning it as the smartphone that possesses the highest screen to body ratio.
Qualcomm has recently revealed that it is joining forces with a number of Chinese mobile giants in order to start producing 5G ready mobile devices set for release by next year. Some of the phone makers the mobile chip manufacturer is partnering with include Xiaomi, Oppo (which owns OnePlus), Vivo, Lenovo (which now owns Motorola’s Moto brand of smartphones), and ZTE.
Vivo’s new X20 Plus UD phablet is considered by many as the first ever smartphone in the world to sport an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and it will officially be launching in China, the phone maker’s native homeland, this coming January 24th. After the handset hits store shelves (at least in the Chinese mobile market) this week, other mobile brands are expected to also introduce their own take on the under-display fingerprint scanner concept.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Vivo was able to successfully demo a fully functioning prototype of its under-display fingerprint scanning technology. Although the Chinese tech giant’s prototype handset does not come with any official model or product name yet, it is nevertheless a real, physical prototype, as opposed to an idea or a virtual simulation.
For some time now, speculation has been rife with regards to Apple experimenting with a form of under-display fingerprint reading technology, and understandably, some industry watchers were fully expecting the tech giant to debut this tech in an upcoming iPhone offering. But surprisingly, Vivo, a phone maker from China, has beaten Apple to the punch.
A formidable trio of Chinese phone makers -- Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo -- has collectively claimed 24 percent of the 380 million units of smartphone devices sold across the globe during the first three months of this year, according to the latest report recently released by research firm Gartner. The solid sales numbers of these three mobile manufacturers from China contributed immensely in driving the worldwide smartphone market to grow 9.1 percent.
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