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

Pablo Tucker
January 10, 2018

The phone was revealed at the Consumer Electronic Show 2018 just hours back and in the process has become the first company to do so.

Because of the way the scanner module sits under the glass and peeks through the OLED pixels to scan your fingerprint, it'll only work on OLED panels though.

After testing out Synaptics' Clear ID, my money is on fingerprint readers not being ditched for facial recognition anytime soon, considering it remains ultimately more convenient than holding a phone up to your face. The fingerprint sensor or reader is usually found at the back of the phone. That fingerprint scanner was announced last month, and Synaptics recently confirmed that it is already producing large quantities of Clear ID for the "world's top five smartphone manufacturers', and Vivo belongs in that group". Well, this means you can unlock the phone by placing fingers on any part on the lower bottom of the display.


"With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology". The in-sensor fingerprint sensor will be placed between the mainboard and the OLED panel.

In July 2017, the China-based company teamed up with Qualcomm to demo an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor - one of the first commercial examples of in-display fingerprint scanning.

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will unveil its latest feature - in-display fingerprint scanner - at the ongoing CES 2018, a Consumer Technology Association (CTA) event, which encourages innovation in consumer technologies. Do let us know in the comments section below.


This is the first time a smartphone is having the fingerprint scanner on the display screen. It seems like the display needs to be active in order for the fingerprint image to appear, after which it is active.

Vivo is yet to give a name to the device that totes the in-display fingerprint sensor although the company said that the thin bezeled-handset is ready to be mass produced. Once the unlocking is done, the fingerprint UI will disappear and will no more disrupt the overall visual experience.


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