Vivo unveils first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner


Smartphone-maker Vivo will showcase a mobile with the world's first in-display fingerprint scanner on January 10 at the ongoing CES 2018 technology show in Las Vegas.

Vivo was one of the first companies to test an under-display fingerprint sensor and now it is going to launch a device with this technology. The Synaptics, the Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors magically activate in the display only when needed. Vivo was not alone as another company, Doogee, has incorporated a fingerprint sensor underneath a 6.2 inch display on the Doogee V. It works by illuminating the finger and then processing the beams of light for an imprint. The new model may come with thinner bezels as the fingerprint sensor will move under the display. The company has been toying with in-screen fingerprint sensors for a while now. However, Synaptics' component is said to work with other devices like iPhone, LG, and Samsung. It is also worth mentioning that a fingerprint scanner cannot offer the same level of security of a well-made 3D facial recognition technology or iris scanner, which can recognize more unique elements in the face of the user. Vivo says that you will, of course, be able to use the in-display fingerprint scanner for payments as well, as it's just as secure as a regular fingerprint scanner.

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Possible reports point out that Vivo finally showcases the next-gen. biometric scanning technology implemented in Vivo smartphone and has been developed by Synaptics. The only difference I experienced was that the Vivo handset was slower - both to learn the contours of my fingerprint and to unlock once I put my thumb on the on-screen fingerprint prompt - but not so much as to be problematic. This suggests that the in-display fingerprint sensor will be fully functional in the smartphone. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo, said in a statement.

We are pretty excited about this new tech and would certainly love to see more and more smartphones with in-display fingerprint scanning technology making it to the market this year.