An image of an unspecified Android smartphone that may be the DOOGEE V due to the implication of an under-display fingerprint reader appeared online earlier this week, having been shared by Internet celebrity Lewis Hilsenteger known for his YouTube channel Unbox Therapy. The device in the photograph seen above features a display notch reminiscent of Apple's iPhone X and its overall design appears to correspond to recent rumors about the Huawei P20 Lite, albeit the upcoming Android mid-ranger is extremely unlikely to feature such an advanced fingerprint sensor.
DOOGEE's next offering was already said to be coming with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, with industry sources previously suggesting the smartphone is meant to be released at some point this year. The original depiction of the handset isn't perfectly in line with older DOOGEE V leaks as the shape of its front-facing LED flash is different but the overall look of its display notch appears to be identical, as does the profile of most of its bezels, save for the chin which the new leak depicts as somewhat larger than originally anticipated. The world's first smartphone with a fingerprint reader located beneath its display panel was officially announced earlier this year in the form of the Vivo X20 Plus UD. Samsung, Apple, and a number of other phone makers are understood to have been aggressively pursuing such technologies in recent years but are yet to commercialize them due to problematic yield rates, according to previous reports. Samsung was reportedly exploring the possibility of including such a sensor in its devices as early as 2016 when it was working on the Galaxy S8 lineup. The upcoming Galaxy S9 series still won't feature an in-display fingerprint reader, as suggested by a plethora of previously emerged leaks, reports, and rumors.
Optical fingerprint sensors and other takes on in-screen scanners are expected to see widespread adoption in the flagship segment of the market starting next year. VIVO is rumored to be launching another such device at some point in 2018 and its sister company OPPO was previously said to be planning to commercialize the same solution in its own smartphones.