Vivo Shows Off a Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

A new phone from Chinese maker Vivo has its fingerprint reader embedded in its screen using a technology from Synaptics

Synaptics to ship in-display fingerprint sensors with Vivo smartphones

However, in the past year or so, smartphone manufacturers have adopted a new type of technology that has made it harder to deploy a fingerprint reader in the phone.

According to Synaptics, Clear ID technology is faster and more secure than the traditional biometrics and will allow phones to have a true bezel-less displays with edge-to-edge screens. That's because it essentially is an optical sensor which lights up the specific spot on the display when a finger is pressed against it.

Nearly immediately following Vivo's announcement, Qualcomm followed up by issuing its own press release announcing that its under-the-glass fingerprint scanning technology is now in development.

Fingerprint recognition has always been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones.

Its competitor Goodix, for instance, recently sent sample products to major mobile phone vendors for testing; Qualcomm cooperated with Vivo in developing ultrasonic fingerprint sensing in 2017; FPC, the Swedish biometric authentication solutions provider, released its ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology at the end of 2017.

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Nonetheless, it's definitely exciting to finally see a smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor become a reality. But sadly none of the big smartphone manufacturers were able to implement this feature in their flagship phones.

Users can press the fingerprint graphic on the screen to perform unlocking, payment and other operations.

Now that CES 2018 has been under way for a few days, the device with the new type of fingerprint sensor has indeed been demoed at the show. Compared to fingerprint sensors on the back of smartphones, Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology offers a more convenient operation without sacrificing the sleek and unified design of the smartphone.

The showcasing of the world's first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone (ready for mass-production) marks a significant leap forward in the industry's development, taking users' smartphone experience to a new level.

Not exactly a household name in the Western smartphone business, Vivo is big enough in China that its description as a top five brand by Synaptics was in fact accurate, at least for a little while. The availability of Vivo's first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018.

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