Vivo is the first Smartphone Manufacturer to use Under-Display Fingerprint Scanner

CES 2018: Vivo demonstrates World's first In-Screen fingerprint scanner smartphone.

China's Vivo unveils first display-based fingerprint scanning phone

The first smartphone to feature the in-display fingerprint technology will be announced in the first half of 2018, the company said in a statement.

One such product is the next-gen. biometric scanning technology developed by Synaptics and implemented on a Vivo smartphone.

At CES 2018, smartphone maker Vivo unveiled the world's first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner.

At the moment, the feature is still on a prototype device and vivo says they will have it on a real production smartphone very soon.

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It was rumoured that the innovative technology of under-glass fingerprint recognition will be first launched by either of the two major phone makers - Apple and Samsung. The phone is ready for mass production and should be announced in “early 2018”.

Vivo is one of the top five smartphone vendors globally, according to the IDC Q1 2017 Tracker. The phone has become truly bezel-less, without pushing fingerprint sensor to the back, unlike Galaxy Note 8 or S8 which have fingerprint scanner at a weird position on the back. Before 2017 ended, Synaptics finally introduced the Clear ID in-display sensor. The users just have to press the "fingerprint graphic" on the screen with their finger to perform the unlocking.

If Synaptics Clear ID sensors indeed turn out to be all the company is claiming, they will help the manufacturers in saving key real-estate on the smartphone bodies and allow them to offer even more compact devices. Previous year they had a showcase using Qualcomm's Sense ID technology and now they want to convince the world that they are one step closer in introducing one on a phone that you can actually buy.

In a flourish that I particularly enjoyed, placing your finger on the sensor produces a brief flash of lightning on the screen, as if your touch is summoning the phone to life. Since Vivo's parent company BBK is also associated with the Oppo and OnePlus brands, together these have wiggled into Tier 1 by selling boatloads of phones in China. The handset was a bit slower in learning the contours of the user's fingerprint and unlocking the device using the fingerprint. You can actually see all this in action, as we've included a video of it down below. The availability of the new in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone is slated for early 2018.

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