Vivo Will Offer First Phone With In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Yolanda Curtis
December 15, 2017

"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", said Synaptics' Kevin Barber.

And while you might have thought that it will be Samsung or some other familiar name to have the new in-screen fingerprint scanner in a flagship phone, it is now clear that the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will actually be Vivo, a Chinese phone maker that most people in the West know nothing about.

Their first batch will be going to an unnamed "Top Five OEM" phone maker too. Now analyst Patrick Moorhead, in a Forbes article has revealed that we'll first see under-display fingerprint reader on vivo smartphones. He had to press the power button to wake up the phone, post which a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the phone.

Moorhead states that enabling in-display fingerprint sensors on smartphones so far has been a manufacturability issue. The analyst used Clear ID on pre-production vivo smartphone, explaining how it works. One simply needs to touch the icon to unlock phone.

Vivo doesn't usually sell its phones outside China or India, so you'd have to import one to try out the in-display sensor. Synaptics claims that its in-house technology is as faster alternative biometrics such as 3D facial recognition like Apple's Face ID and is highly secured. Since the sensors are buried under the display's glass, it is also protected against water and scratches.

The new sensors will be operated by one-touch, high-resolution optical scanning through full glass and through the device's display.

2018 certainly looks to be the year of the hidden fingerprint scanner, and I can't help but wonder how Face ID will be viewed once Clear ID is established. The in-display fingerprint sensor is a much-rumoured technology that even the big companies are having time to make it possible.

The top five companies that can be considered smartphone OEMs include Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo, as ZD Net notes.

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