First in-screen fingerprint sensor announced in a smartphone

First in-screen fingerprint sensor announced in a smartphone

Yolanda Curtis
January 12, 2018

LAS VEGAS (Press Release) - Vivo, a young global smartphone brand, showcased world's first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone that drew attention from global audience. Pricing is another mystery at the moment though given that the technology has just started to debut in working prototypes, it is going to command a premium for a few years before it starts pilfering down the line to mid-range devices as well. It has its limitations, where it only work with the phones that use OLED displays as the sensor looks through the spaces between subpixels from under the panel.

The smartphone with the Vivo In Display Fingerprint Scanning technology can be unlocked by placing your finger on a specific part of the display.

In the future, Synaptics wants to make the phone's entire screen a fingerprint sensor.

Is it easy to set up?

It's not as fast as the traditional readers at this point in time, Synaptics promises a 0.7 second unlock time while speediest sensors like on the OnePlus 5T do it in less than a third of second, but it will surely only get faster in the upcoming iterations.

Once we touch or apply stress on the surface, our fingerprint is registered. This is then run through AI processor that is trained to recognize 300 different characteristics of your fingerprint digits.

Qualcomm says its technology will be the first of such that's commercially available, capable of scanning through either OLED displays or aluminum, and that the company is planning to make its Fingerprint Sensors available to OEMs as early as this month - which means we should expect to see the technology debut in high-end smartphones as early as the first-half of 2018.

Pricing is also now unknown, but the likelihood is that this will be an expensive handset.

By the end of the year we could have a choice of handsets packing the technology, and the hope is that there will be at least one handset with it available in all major markets.

The process takes a little time longer than other smartphones since the sensor has to read the fingerprint through the display. We are really impressed by Vivo and wish the company keeps bring new technology for all technology enthusiasts to enjoy.

While it's technically possible to have a full-screen fingerprint scanner right now, it would be too expensive to put into a smartphone in 2018. Do you think its the way to move forward or is facial recognition a more viable option for smartphone security?

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