Vivo Y12s has been launched in Vietnam already as an upgrade to its previous year's Y12s model. The new phone has the same exterior with a water drop-style display notch and dual rear cameras with specialized effects. However, there is a major upgrade in terms of processing ability as the 2021's model comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC. the original Vivo Y12s were powered by MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, though its Indian variant had the same Snapdragon 439 processing chip.
The new Vivo Y12s 2021 version has been priced roughly at Rs. 10,500 for the single 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. You can purchase the phone through online websites in Vietnam. However, according to reports, the device will be available in other markets in a few weeks. The original Vivo Y12s was unveiled in November for the global market but debuted in India in January with the Snapdragon 439 processor.
The phone runs on Android 11 with Funtouch operating system 11 on the top and features a large 6.51-inch HD+ IPS display with 720 x 1,600 display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, along with 3GB of RAM. The phone features a dual-camera system on the rear side that houses a 13-megapixel primary camera sensor with an f/2.2 lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 camera sensor. It also includes an 8-megapixel selfie camera sensor with an f/1.8 lens.
The Vivo Y12s comes with 32GB internal storage that can be further extended via microSD card through a dedicated slot. The phone has connectivity options including 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone also uses sensors onboard including an accelerometer, ambient light, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. The phone is available in Glacier Blue and Phantom Black colors. The device also features the side fingerprint scanner along with a power button so you can power on and unlock your phone at the same time. The phone allows you to unlock from a bright screen in 0.23 seconds - almost too fast to see any difference at all.
Samsung is looking to enhance the fingerprint senor's capabilities beyond that of only locking and unlocking the phone. The published patent indicates that the company hopes to bring swipe functionalities to their fingerprint scanners, which will enable the user to perform various actions by making swipe gestures on the fingerprint scanner itself. If you are not aware, then let us inform you that this sounds very similar to what the Google Pixel phones brought with them this year. Before you call out Samsung for "copying" the Pixels, note that they had actually filed for this particular patent way back in 2014.
Will we be able to swipe directly from the fingerprint scanner and launch an application from the lock screen on the Galaxy S8? We are not entirely sure to be honest. Many rumors indicate that the S8 will feature the company's first commercial bezel-less display, of which, a new optical fingerprint scanner will be an embedded part. If that turns out to be true, it is hard to tell whether that particular scanner will also be able to support the swipe functionality.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)