World’s first smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor is finally in Malaysia

vivo's flagship arrives with a bang
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You’ve probably have seen it teased over and over for the past several weeks. The cutting-edge vivo X21 flagship smartphone, the world’s first featuring In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, is now officially in Malaysia.

The vivo X21 is unmistakably vivo’s showcase – not just in the tech department, but also in design and craftsmanship. The design is a sprinkling of the OPPO F7 and OnePlus 6, and it’s actually unbelievably thin. In fact, it’s only 3.1mm thick in the middle. It’s sleek and has a 3D glass back cover.

On the front it gets a 6.28-inch FHD+ 19:9 FullView Display with a slim notch. With minimal bezels the vivo X21 has an impressive 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display uses DCI-P3 colour management technology and supports DCI-P3 wide colour gamut.

Under the hood, the X21 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE chip with comes with support for AI and neural computing. This is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

With vivo’s Hi-Fi legacy, the X21 does not disappoint in the audio department. The device houses an AK4376A audio chipset and has Deep Field Technology, which was developed in-house by vivo. This technology provides panoramic surround, mega bass, clear voice effects and environmental audio effects.

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Another of vivo’s strengths is in the camera department. The rear main shooter is a dual-camera system comprising of a 12MP + 5MP Dual Pixel sensors.

Assisted by artificial-intelligence, the camera supports AI Scene Recognition that can identify 18 tags and 140 scenarios including portraits, food and plants. It automatically adjusts settings to get the best photo no matter the environment.

On the front, the X21 offers a 12MP selfie- shooter that’s enhanced by AI Face Beauty and AI HDR features. AI can identify the subject’s gender, skin tone and surrounding lighting environment to create the most ideal settings for a selfie.

The X21’s killer feature is undeniably its In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. Vivo is the first company to successfully mass produce an under-glass fingerprint scanning solution in the market. The China phone maker wowed the crowd at MWC 2018 earlier this year with the X20 concept which featured the cutting-edge technology.

With the in-display fingerprint scanner, it meant that vivo could go completely fullscreen with the X21, and both the back and front clean from any physical button or scanner.

To complement the fingerprint scanner, the X21 also features upgraded facial recognition technology called Face Access.

Pricing and availability

The vivo X21 retails for MYR2,299 and will be available nationwide starting 9 June 2018 at all vivo concept stores, authorised resellers as well as exclusively with Digi.

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For customers who purchase any vivo smartphones at vivo concept stores, they will receive 5GB of mobile internet each month for 12 months when they sign up for a Digi Postpaid plan. This offer can be redeemed starting from July onwards.

For more info about the X21, visit vivo Malaysia.

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