KGI's Kuo sees in-screen embedded fingerprint scanner debuting on the 2018 Samsung Galaxy Note 9

It has turned out to be one of the biggest technological difficulties of the year, affecting Samsung, Apple and most likely other less well-known smartphone manufacturers. Finding the solution could lead to a shift in more than several million dollars of handset sales. If you haven’t figured out what we are discussing here, it is the placement of a biometric fingerprint scanner embedded under a smartphone display. Such a placement is necessary for manufacturers to offer edge-to-edge “button-less” and “bezel-less” screens without resorting to less popular (read “rear-facing”) solutions.

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Sharp Aquos S2 is an impressive full-screen flagship with a finger scanner under the screen

It looks like an iPhone 8, but it’s not one. And it’s all yellow.
That’s the best way to describe the upcoming full-screen, bezel-less phone by Aquos. We saw the Sharp Aquos S2 leak out just several days ago, and now it’s official: the impressive new phone will be officially launched on August 8th at an event in Beijing.
Sharp usually sells its phones in Japan, so this will be its first such launch in China and a big one at that. The interesting thing about the Aquos S2 is that it is truly a full-screen, immersive …

Meet the first smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanner… oh, it also packs 3 cameras at the back

At this year’s MWC Shanghai, Chinese manufacturer Vivo displayed smartphone prototypes that employ Qualcomm’s next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. While Qualcomm clearly stated that it will start sending the tech to phone makers for commercial sampling in Q4 2017, it appears that Vivo might have gotten a bit of a head start. 

A bunch of images showing the upcoming Vivo Xplay 7 (also known as X20) emerged today. They pretty much confirm that the handset will be the first to have an on-screen fingerprint reader. This makes perfect …

Sharp Aquos S2 leak alleges bezel-less 4K panel, and in-display finger scanner

Sharp may soon be announcing a few “bezel-less” handsets of its own, judging from two sketchy renders that appeared not long ago, and now another purported leak is making its way over at the Chinese blogosphere, which is not exactly known for credibility. Still, Sharp has been a pioneer of the whole ” bezel-less” trend, having phones with very high screen-to-body ratio before it was cool, so it’s not hard to fathom that the Japanese could simply capitalize on their already significant experience in the realm of all-screen phones.
The eventual new Sharp phones …

Firefox 8.0 for iOS released with tons of new features: night mode, QR code scanner, more

Mozilla announced today it had released a new version of its Firefox browser for iOS devices. The updated browser comes with many new features and improvements, but these are just a taste of what’s to come later this fall.

All the enhancements announced today are supposed to set the stage for Mozilla’s Project Quantum, the company’s effort to develop the next-generation web engine and offer significant improvements to all users by the end of 2017.

Among the highlights of the latest Firefox release, we should mention the new Night Mode which dims the brightness …

Galaxy Note 8's latest render reveals a terrible fingerprint scanner position

You may have seen it already – the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render that surfaced yesterday, courtesy of the fine gentlemen over at BGR and case-maker Ghostek. The render is based on the latest rumors and expectations related to the Note 8. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is again:
Looking pretty dope, huh? Sure it does, but beyond the edge-to-edge “Infinity Display” that’s obviously going to grace the Note 8, there’s a detail that’s kind of pissing us off right now.
While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cases available for pre-order reveal larger Infinity Display and rear scanner


MobileFun today started accepting pre-orders on Olixar’s line up of cases for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Since major accessory makers get first crack at seeing an upcoming handset in order to produce a case that fits (and with cutouts in the right places), we have to assume that this leak gives us great insight into the design of Sammy’s new high-end phablet. What we see is a larger version of the Infinity Display employed on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+.

In addition, the images dovetail with recent leaks showing that the fingerprint scanner will indeed be placed on the …

Vivo is showing off a working in-screen fingerprint scanner prototype, courtesy of new Qualcomm tech

We were wrong – Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo won’t, in fact, be the first to put out a device with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, though it most certainly is the first to openly display a prototype. At this year’s MWC Shanghai, which taking place right now, the company showed off the first implementation of Qualcomm’s just-announced in-screen ultrasonic scanner technology.

Vivo demonstrated the new tech with a couple of prototypes, one based on the current Xplay6 (seen above) with the scanner embedded under the screen, and another with it behind …

Alleged Galaxy Note 8 promo poster shows us its dual-cameras, rear fingerprint scanner

There’s a new Galaxy Note 8 leak on the block, and this one’s pretty saucy.

A purported promotional poster of Samsung’s upcoming handset has been unearthed, giving us a sneak peek at the possible final design of the Note 8. There are dual cameras at the back, which falls in line with what has been expected for this year’s phablet, as well as a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner at the rear, which coincides with the latest news on the matter. 
Apparently, Samsung has been unable to come with a workaround for a brightness …

Forget the iPhone 8, the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint scanner could come from Vivo instead

By now you’ve surely heard the widespread rumors about the iPhone 8’s fingerprint scanner situation: there’s a distinct possibility Apple’s latest flagship will be equipped with an in-screen sensor (or will it?), instead of the regular, standalone solution employed by everyone on the market. However, as is becoming increasingly common, a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer, namely Vivo, may beat Apple to the punch.

Vivo, for those not in the know, is something of a sister company to the slightly more well-known Oppo, most commonly known as being …