Synaptics' in-display fingerprint scanner will debut in a Vivo phone


It was only a few days ago that Synaptics debuted its latest fingerprint sensor, the Clear ID FS9500.

Chinese smartphone giant, Vivo may trump the likes of Apple and Samsung to come as the world's first phone with in-screen fingerprint reader next year. A lot of people speculated that Samsung is going to be that brand because it faced a lot of heat previous year for the awkward placement of fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Synaptics' in-display fingerprint sensor technology is going to be used first in a Vivo smartphone.

Moorhead further stated that in-display fingerprint sensors on smartphones weren't available so far due to manufacturing issues.

There's an arms race between Apple, Samsung, and other phone makers to move away from physical fingerprint scanners to unlock your phone, to ones that can sit under the screen. No release date was announced in the statement but fans are expecting to experience the fingerprint sensor under the screen by 2018.

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Apple's iPhone X left some fans disappointed as a result of the lack of a front fingerprint sensor on the device. Many users still prefer using their fingerprint instead of iris scans and facial recognition, which doesn't work if the phone is off to the side on a table or desk.

While this is slightly different from how we unlock our phones now, Moorhead expects Vivo to improve the experience by only requiring users to lift to wake the device, so at that point, they can just place their finger on the glass to unlock it, without the need to press any other buttons.

Although Vivo has not yet made anything official, a popular analyst, Patrick Moorhead got his hands on the device using the tech and confirmed its existence on Twitter. "Synaptics' Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market". He also indirectly talked about the iPhone X, which relies on FaceID authentication.

Overall, it looks like the Synaptics Clear ID technology is very reliable based on Moorhead's experience. The company was ranked fifth in IDC's Q1 2017 report, as pointed out by The Verge.