Vivo to soon launch a phone with under-display fingerprint sensor
Jan 09 2018 by Joanne Wise
"At CES 2018, Vivo announced that it will be using Synaptics" in-fingerprint scanner in its upcoming smartphone. Vivo has mentioned that the availability of Vivo's first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018. The Synaptics, the Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors magically activate in the display only when needed.
From what Synaptics has revealed, the new in-display fingerprint scanner that will be present on the Vivo phone will provide the same level of security as traditional fingerprint readers found on the actual smartphones in the market. This means that unlike previous year, Vivo will showcase a finished product rather than a prototype. These fingerprint sensors can be embedded inside the display and will be scratch-proof as well waterproof.
The phone is developed with thin-bezel and display offers 18:9 aspect ratio. The need for in-display fingerprint scanners has risen after smartphone makers have switched to a full display.
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Fingerprint scanners have been one of the most preferred way of authentication on smartphones, sitting either on the front or the rear of the smartphone. The fingerprint scanner will be placed between the glass panel and the OLED panel: when the finger will touch the glass panel, the OLED panel will illuminate the finger and the small chip will process the beams of light emitted. A fingerprint scanner under the display has not yet launched in any commercially available smartphone.
"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", said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President, Vivo. While Samsung was previously expected to be the first brand to launch under display fingerprint sensors this year with the Galaxy S9-series, it looks like Vivo has beaten them all to the punch, unless you count the Doogee V that is. As per some reports, the new technology is said to be twice as fast as 3D facial recognition, which has largely failed to impress the world.