Vivo X80 Pro raises the bar for fingerprint sensor quality

Chinese mobile device manufacturer Vivo has announced the launch of its latest flagship smartphone, the X80 Pro, in international markets. The device boasts some distinctive features that Apple has been rumored to have considered for its upcoming iPhones at one time or another.

The most notable of these features is the much larger under-display fingerprint sensor than other Android smartphones. Vivo was one of the first companies to showcase an under-display fingerprint scanning solution back in 2017, and has since improved the technology with the help of Qualcomm to make unlocking your phone more convenient and secure.

The active area on the display is now much larger, which means users no longer need to align their thumb tip with the sensor to unlock the device. In addition to the increase in size, the fingerprint sensor can now register a fingerprint with one click, and not like in the case of Touch ID, when users have to lift and press the button several times in order for the fingerprint to be fully recognized.

As The Verge notes, the finger enrollment process works even if the display or hands are wet, and the enlarged active area allows users to also set up the phone for two simultaneous fingerprints for an extra layer of security – something Touch ID doesn’t support.

Information about Apple’s intention to release an iPhone with an under-display fingerprint scanner was a long-standing rumor that seems to have completely died down this year. In a September 2021 research note, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that such an iPhone would be released in the second half of 2023. However, in March, Kuo dismissed the prospect, suggesting that it would not happen for several years, if at all, as Apple focused on improving Face ID.

According to The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple did test an under-display fingerprint scanner on at least some iPhone 13 models, but apparently decided not to push the idea.

Coming back to the X80 Pro, Vivo is keen to talk about camera specs rather than fingerprint authentication, as it’s the camera that truly defines this device. The large camera array on the back features a 50MP wide-angle camera with optical image stabilization and a 48MP ultra-wide camera.

There are also a pair of periscope telephoto lenses, one with 2x optical zoom and the other with 5x. In this system, light entering the telephoto lens is reflected off the mirror at an angle to the camera’s image sensor. Reversing the direction of light travel allows the length of the “folded” telephoto lens in phones to be extended, giving users the ability to zoom in without blurring.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the 2022 iPhone Pro models will feature a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, a significant improvement over the current 12-megapixel camera.

Another impressive feat is that the Vivo X80 Pro supports 80W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, though a separate compatible wireless charger is required to achieve that power. According to independent tests, the maximum supported power of iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max when connected to a 30W or higher USB-C power adapter is 23W and 27W, respectively. That being said, wireless charging is just 15W for all models, with the exception of the iPhone 13 mini, which is capped at 12W of peak power via the MagSafe charger.

For a long time, Apple’s goal was to have an iPhone without any ports or buttons to create a unibody device, but until it can improve on the 15W MagSafe maximum charging speed or come up with another wireless alternative, that’s unlikely to happen.

Other X80 Pro specs include 12GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a 6.78-inch 1440p OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, and 256GB of storage. Vivo has yet to reveal prices and release dates for different regions, but in the past, the company has eventually expanded the availability of the devices in Europe, India, and East Asia regions outside of China.

vivo X80 Pro | vivo Global

vivo X80 Pro | vivo Global

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