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12 January 2018, 07:34 | Lucia Cruz
This Vivo phone has a fingerprint sensor built right into the
There is a fingerprint animation on the display, you place the finger and the under-display CMOS image sensor light up your fingerprint, capture an image of it, then unlocks your device. But as the competition became intense, Synaptics started to actively develop in-display fingerprint sensing technology, says TrendForce. For the most part, it works just like a conventional fingerprint sensor, only you don't actually see the sensor - it's really quite impressive. Today is the second day of the show and Vivo is already attracting a lot of customers by officially launching its in-display fingerprint scanner equipped phone. A fingerprint sensor is more practical.
Its competitor Goodix, for instance, recently sent sample products to major mobile phone vendors for testing; Qualcomm cooperated with Vivo in developing ultrasonic fingerprint sensing in 2017; FPC, the Swedish biometric authentication solutions provider, released its ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology at the end of 2017. But sadly none of the big smartphone manufacturers were able to implement this feature in their flagship phones. That if true will no doubt make for an exciting proposition.
Following a teaser this week, Vivo at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) unveiled the world's first smartphone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor provided by Synaptics.
It supports various usage scenarios beyond unlocking the smartphone, and is only activated when needed.
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As smartphones go all-screen, one design problem has bedeviled everyone from Samsung to Apple: Where to put the fingerprint scanner? The device can't be unlocked until the screen is active. The prototype of the Vivo's under-display fingerprint technology includes Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader.
Fingerprint sensors will still be the first choice for most Android phones in 2018, since other biometric authentication methods available for Android phone-makers can not completely replace fingerprint identification yet.
Full-screen displays are set to deliver a more immersive user experience for consumers as various interactions will be integrated and consolidated on the display. Synaptics late previous year announced that it entered mass manufacturing with its optical in-display fingerprint sensors, called Clear ID. The availability of Vivo's first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018.
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