Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017

Vivo on Wednesday at the start of MWC Shanghai 2017 showcased its new Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution, as well as its Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Photography Solution targeted for backlighting and night scene photography, and a Hi-Fi solution with an customised DAC decoding chip. As of now, no Vivo device with the fingerprint scanning tech is in production, but will be showing the tech on prototype devices.

The Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution is based on Qualcomm technology, and the US-based telecommunications giant separately detailed its own display, glass, and metal fingerprint scanning solutions at the tradeshow. Qualcomm will be showcasing its own under display fingerprint scanning technology at MWC Shanghai 2017 using the Vivo Xplay6, as seen in the above image. Like Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display, Vivo’s solution can scan through 1200-micron thick OLED display stacks.

Vivo claims its under-display fingerprint solution is the first to be “demonstrated by a smartphone manufacturer.” The Chinese company said that since the Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution doesn’t require physical button for the sensor, the solution enables the use of a “true full-screen display and an integrated unibody and mechanical waterproofing design.”

In a statement, the company elaborated to say, “In Vivo’s R&D plan, fingerprint scanning will not be carried out by an independent button or region. It will be realised more subtly under the screen, behind the metal shell, or even in the frame.”

Vivo adds, “based on ultrasonic technology, the fingerprint recognition technology can be further expanded to realize user interaction, such as gesture recognition, security verification and other fields, which will greatly enhance user experience.”

Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017
Coming to Vivo’s other announcements from its keynote at the tradeshow, let’s start with the new independent Vivo DSP Photography Solution. The company claims the new tech will greatly “improve backlighting and night scene photography”.

Vivo says the DSP Photography Solution is designed to help users take pictures with “high quality and accurate exposure, and adjust the brightness of the image to make it better correspond to what is actually seen by the human eye.” It adds that the photography processing speed has also seen a boost.

The Vivo DSP Photography Solution allows smartphones to take multiple RAW images quickly, and can also reduce shot noise for night scene photography to a large extent. The DSP will also improve the beautification effects of Vivo’s Face Beauty Mode.

Finally, we come to Vivo’s new Hi-Fi audio solution including new customised DAC decoding chip and headphone amplifier technology. The new solution improves SNR, dynamic range, distortion, and output power, delivering an SNR of 122dB, dynamic range of 120dB, distortion of -111dB, and output power of 2.2VRms. The headphone amplifier utilises new processing technology to improve power efficiency as well as the overall audio experience.

“Major brands have been taking actions to take in an advantageous position in the market these years. From process innovations in smartphone casings to dual lenses for both front and back cameras, and finally design breakthroughs in appearance, the smartphone industry has entered a new round of technological competition.” says Alex Feng, senior vice president of Vivo, “We are set to increase our technology capabilities and bring better products to our consumers. That is how we keep our brand’s competitiveness in the long run.”

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017, Including Under Display Offering

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm announced its new generation fingerprint sensors based on ultrasonic fingerprint technology, an upgrade over its Sense ID fingerprint technology. The sensors even unlock devices underwater, and work through displays. This last is especially pertinent in 2017, which both Samsung and Apple expected to release smartphones with fingerprint sensors embedded in their displays. Separately, the company also announced that its automotive platforms will be integrated in the infotainment system used inside upcoming vehicles manufactured by Chinese carmaker Geely.

First talking about the fingerprint scanning and authentication technology, Qualcomm says “The suite of features consists of sensors for Display, Glass and Metal, detection of directional gestures, and underwater fingerprint match and device wake-up.”

Notably, this new generation of technology is the first commercially announced “integrated ultrasonic-based mobile solution” that can detect heart beat and blood flow for improved authentication, as per Qualcomm’s claims.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is capable of scanning through OLED display stacks of up to 1200 microns (micrometres), along with enrolling and matching, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal can scan through up to 800 microns of cover glass and up to 650 microns of aluminium, the company said in its release. Comparatively, the previous generation was able to scan through up to 400 microns for both glass and metal.

“Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with the recently announced Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display, Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms,” the company said.
Qualcomm says that in comparison to the previous generation, the new fingerprint solutions offer greater design flexibility to operators and OEMs. The Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for glass and metal are said to be available to OEMs this month, and will expectedly arrive with commercial devices in the first half of next year. On the other hand, Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is expected to be available for OEMs in the fourth quarter of this year.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017, Including Under Display Offering

The company has said that it will be showcasing the new sensors for display and metal along with Vivo through a modified version of Vivo XPlay 6 smartphone at MWC Shanghai 2017.

Moving on to the second part of the story, Qualcomm has announced that Chinese carmaker Geely will be using the automotive platforms developed by the former for the infotainment systems in its upcoming vehicles. These infotainment systems come with integrated 4G LTE modem and use the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform. Geely vehicles that will feature Snapdragon automotive platforms are expected to be available from 2020.

Select Geely models also be making use of the Snapdragon 820Am variant of the platform with an integrated X12 LTE modem, supporting up to 600 Mbps downlink and 150 Mbps uplink speeds, the company said in its release. This solution has been designed specifically to provide “exceptional in-car cloud connectivity to support key features, such as over-the-air updates, navigation with real-time updates, news and local information, emergency assistance and diagnostics,” Qualcomm said.

 

Meizu Pro 7 with secondary E-Ink display tipped to launch on July 26

Well, from various benchmark sites to leaked images, the Meizu Pro 7 has been surfacing online for quite some time now. Recently, we also saw live images of the alleged device. One of most the highlighted features of this smartphone is the secondary display on its back. As we have seen in most of the leaks, it will come with a secondary ink display at the rear panel.

As for functionality, it is likely to show notifications for missed calls, SMS, chat messages along with date and time. Apart from the specs, we also knew the probable launch timeline of the Meizu phone. Now, a new leak has revealed the exact date when the Meizu Pro 7 will launch.

According to a website called anzhuo.cn, Meizu will take the wraps off its flagship phone on July 26. While it doesn’t come from an official source, we have previously seen rumors and leaks coming true.

Meizu Pro 7 with secondary E-Ink display tipped to launch on July 26

So there is a possibility that we will get to see the Pro 7 in a month. Talking about the features, the Meizu Pro 7 is likely to sport a not-so-large 5.2-inch AMOLED display with the resolution of 1080p.

Under the hood, it is said to employ a Deca-core MediaTek Helio X30 processor along with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. There will also be a large 3000mAh battery to keep the lights on. In addition to this, the phone is expected to run on Meizu’s own Flyme OS that is based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. On the optics front, it is being assumed that the device will come with a rear dual camera setup. If you wondering about the Plus variant of the Meizu Pro 7, presumably it will get unveiled at the same time.

 

iPhone 8 leak shows vertical dual rear camera and bezel-less display

The iPhone 8 has been circulating in rumors and speculations for quite some time. We have already seen a slew of renders, leaked features, etc. that have given us an idea of what to expect from the anniversary special edition to be launched by Apple.

The latest one regarding the iPhone 8 comes from the Twitter user @OnLeaks with a good track record on revealing smartphone related information so far. The user has come up with two leaked photos that show the lack of a home button. Without the physical home button at the front, it is clear that the fingerprint scanner will be positioned elsewhere. However, the picture does not show the presence of a fingerprint sensor at the rear of the iPhone 8.

iPhone 8 leak shows vertical dual rear camera and bezel-less display

As the leaked images do not show the presence of the fingerprint sensor at the front and rear, there is a possibility for the same to be embedded into the display as revealed by the earlier rumors. In that case, the iPhone 8 will be the second smartphone to feature such a technology, given that Vivo has already announced such a phone.

Talking about the other aspects, the device seems to have a vertical dual camera setup at its rear. Apple launched the yesteryear flagship – iPhone 7 Plus with two rear camera lenses positioned horizontally. Now, Apple seems to have chosen a vertical design for the camera.

Furthermore, the design seems to have narrow bezels and there are claims that the display could be an OLED panel. There appears to be a sensor bar at the top and it might point out at the use of facial recognition in the upcoming smartphone.

While several previous rumors point out at the presence of support for wireless charging in the iPhone 8, there is no confirmation regarding the same for now. Moreover, the iPhone 8 appears to be made of glass that too indicates the possibility for wireless charging support.

The iPhone 8 is slated to be launched in September despite the claims that it might be delayed due to the implementation of the fingerprint sensor into the display. It is believed that the smartphone will be launched in September and go on sale later this year.

Huawei Mate 10 with bezel-less display and four cameras launching soon

Huawei has been launching several smartphones in the market within the last couple of months. While it seems that the Chinese manufacturer is on a launching spree, the company is going to unveil the Huawei Mate 10 soon.

We say this as we have been hearing a lot of rumors about the device. Moreover, an industry insider has claimed on Weibo that the successor to the Mate 9 will be launching this fall. He has also revealed that the smartphone will come with an almost bezel-less display.

Well, this little information doesn’t really come as a surprise since 2017 has seen many smartphones with minimal bezels. Unfortunately, none of the other details has been revealed by the post. However, thanks to the earlier leaks, we have quite a fair idea about what the Huawei Mate 10 will bring to the table. Most significantly, it is rumored to feature dual cameras on both its front and back. So, the phone would come with four cameras.

Huawei Mate 10 with bezel-less display and four cameras launching soon

Display-wise, the handset is said to come with a 6-inch screen with the aspect ratio higher than that of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Some reports also suggest that the fingerprint scanner will be placed below the display. It means that the Huawei Mate 10 could come feature a physical home button that will double function as a fingerprint scanner. Other than that, it is expected to be powered by the Kirin 970 processor and it will probably run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box.

Newly invented nano-structure film helps increase daylight visibility of mobile display

Scientists have come up with a new anti-reflection film that would make it easier for users to read from the screens of smartphones and tablets even in broad daylight.

Reflection is the major reason for the problem caused in reading through screen in bright sunlights. The screen’s surface reflects the light back which washes out the screen and decreases the visibility of the screen.

With the newly invented film the screen will reflect only 0.23% of received light which is a lot less than the lowest reflection standard available to date which belongs to iPhone’s screen surface which reflects 4.4% of light.

Shin-Tson Wu from the University of Central Florida in the US who lead the study stated,”Using our flexible anti-reflection film on smartphones and tablets will make the screen bright and sharp, even when viewed outside.

In addition to exhibiting low reflection, our nature- inspired film is also scratch resistant and self-cleaning, which would protect touch screens from dust and fingerprints.” Smartphones use sensors that detect bright ambient light after which they brighten up the screen display to overcome the surface reflection.

This technique has been used for years now and although it works aptly there are a few drawbacks to it. It drains battery of the smartphone which is a major concern. The aforementioned film found its inspiration from nature. The eyes of moth are covered by a nano-structure that helps moth see in the dark as well as avoids reflection from its eyes.

This helps moth avoid unwanted attention from predators. Scientists developed a nano-structure film similar to one that rests on moths’ eyes and reduced reflection substantially. What more?! The flexible structure of the film makes it possible to be used with flexible display applications such as phones with screens that fold like a book.

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High-end Sharp smartphone spotted on GFXBench; unusual display expected

The recent happenings in the smartphone space has made it clear that Sharp is working on a high-end smartphone. We have already seen the device visiting the Geekbench database. Now, the smartphone seems to have visited the GFXBench database. Going by a report on MyDrivers citing the benchmark database, Sharp’s high-end smartphone that will mark the company’s comeback into the premium market segment is dubbed Sharp FS8016.

The smartphone is believed to adorn a 5.5-inch display that seems to pack an off display resolution of 2040×1080 pixels. The screen appears to have an unusual aspect ratio of 1.9:1, tipping that the smartphone could be tall and slim.

High-end Sharp smartphone spotted on GFXBench

The benchmark listing also shows that the Sharp FS8016 smartphone equips an octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 2.2GHz. This processor could be Snapdragon 660 and it is listed to be paired with 4GB RAM, Adreno 512 graphics unit and 64GB of default memory capacity.

The imaging aspects of the Sharp device in question are likely to be a 12MP main snapper at its rear and an 8MP selfie camera. On the software front, the high-end Sharp smartphone is listed to boot on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

Sharp’s comeback into the high-end market segment is a welcome move but we need to wait for a considerable time to find out how exactly the new Sharp smartphone will look and what features it might bundle along with it.

One thing that we are sure about is that this smartphone’s display will be a major highlight as the Xiaomi Mi Mix, LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.

Asus Vivobook S With 15.6-Inch NanoEdge Display, Windows 10 Launched

Asus has launched its new Vivobook S laptop with up to seventh-generation Intel Core processor at a starting price of $699 in the US. The highlight feature of the new Asus laptop is thin bezels on the display, described as NanoEdge by the company.

NanoEdge bezel provides the laptop with an impressive 80-percent screen-to-body ratio. With the use of this display, the Asus Vivobook S is able to fit a full-size 15.6-inch display into a 14-inch laptop frame, the company says on its website.

The new portable from Asus Vivobook series runs on Windows 10, features a 15.6-inch Wideview colour rich display with full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and viewing angle of up to 178-degrees. The laptop is available with up to Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop is available with up to 1TB of HDD storage and a combo option of 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD as well.

Asus Vivobook S With 15.6-Inch NanoEdge Display, Windows 10 Launched

The connectivity options on the new Asus Vivobook S include a fingerprint sensor, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and HDMI. The new Vivobook S is just 0.7-inch thick and weighs around 1.6kg. It measures 14.2×9.6×0.7-inches and comes with a 42WHrs rated 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion battery. Asus claims that the battery on the laptop can be charged up to 60 percent of its capacity in just 49 minutes.

The Asus Vivobook S laptop is already available for purchase and can be bought either from Asus’ own online store or through third-party retailers like Newegg in the US.

 

Asus Vivobook S With 15.6-Inch NanoEdge Display, Windows 10 Launched

Asus has launched its new Vivobook S laptop with up to seventh-generation Intel Core processor at a starting price of $699 in the US. The highlight feature of the new Asus laptop is thin bezels on the display, described as NanoEdge by the company.

NanoEdge bezel provides the laptop with an impressive 80-percent screen-to-body ratio. With the use of this display, the Asus Vivobook S is able to fit a full-size 15.6-inch display into a 14-inch laptop frame, the company says on its website.

The new portable from Asus Vivobook series runs on Windows 10, features a 15.6-inch Wideview colour rich display with full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution and viewing angle of up to 178-degrees. The laptop is available with up to Intel Core i7-7500U processor and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. The laptop is available with up to 1TB of HDD storage and a combo option of 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD as well.

Asus Vivobook S With 15.6-Inch NanoEdge Display, Windows 10 Launched

The connectivity options on the new Asus Vivobook S include a fingerprint sensor, USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and HDMI. The new Vivobook S is just 0.7-inch thick and weighs around 1.6kg. It measures 14.2×9.6×0.7-inches and comes with a 42WHrs rated 3S1P, 3-cell Li-ion battery. Asus claims that the battery on the laptop can be charged up to 60 percent of its capacity in just 49 minutes.

The Asus Vivobook S laptop is already available for purchase and can be bought either from Asus’ own online store or through third-party retailers like Newegg in the US.

Galaxy S7 may sport retina scanner with pressure sensitive display

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 may include a pressure-sensitive display and other innovative features designed to win back consumers.

Next year’s phone will add a screen thatresponds to the strength of your touch, “people familiar with the matter” told the Wall Street Journal for a story published Monday. A new high-speed charging port, a higher-quality camera and a retina scanner on certain models may also be part of the package, the Journal’s sources added.

The Galaxy S7 needs to capture consumers’ interest after this year’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge failed to provide enough of a boost to Samsung’s struggling smartphone sales. The company has been bitten by budget-friendly Chinese phones on the low end and by Apple’s iPhone on the high end. The challenge for Samsung, which last month shook up the leadership of its mobile business, is to outfit its flagship phone with modern, enticing features yet keep the price competitive.

As with the Galaxy S6 lineup, the new phone is expected to come in two flavors: a Galaxy S7 with a standard display and a Galaxy S7 Edge with a display that curves on both the right and left edges. Expected to be announced at the Mobile World Congress in late February, the device will reach consumers in the US in mid-March, according to the Journal’s sources.

The pressure-sensitive screen would be an attempt to match the 3D Touch feature in Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Lightly tapping the screen produces a different result than does holding down the screen more firmly.