Vivo could launch World's first smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor?

Vivo could launch World's first smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor?

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy S9 may not be the first phone to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner after all.

Just a couple of days ago, we told our readers that Synaptics, a fingerprint sensor manufacturer, has announced the mass production of its optical in-display fingerprint sensors. Though Synaptics did not reveal the name of the company which will first bring the feature on its smartphones, it hinted that the OEM is among the top five globally. According to IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, Samsung had 23.3 per cent market share in first quarter of 2017, while vivo grabbed the fifth position with 5.5 per cent total share.

"Synaptics made an announcement with Vivo that improves further on the smartphone UI experience". Moorhead confirms it is very fast, simply placing a finger down on the screen results in an immediate unlock.

Vivo could launch World's first smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor?
Vivo could launch World's first smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor?

Synaptics "Clear ID" FS9500 family of fingerprint sensors are reportedly designed for smartphones with the immensely-popular "infinity" OLED displays which are found in flagship smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy 8, Galaxy Note 8 and Apple iPhone X. Vivo also made headlines back in June when it demonstrated an in-display fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm. Moreover, there is a risk of smudging the rear camera while accessing the rear fingerprint reader.

Vivo doesn't usually sell its phones outside China or India, so you'd have to import one to try out the in-display sensor.

In-screen fingerprint sensors have been considered as a natural evolution of modern biometric sensors as the smartphone displays this year moved to an edge-to-edge concept. When a user touches the OLED screen that is embedded with Clear ID, the sensor scans the fingerprint and sends the information to the processor of the phone for verifying the match. In a Forbes report, Moorhead stated the experience was "fast and simple" - the technology unlocked the screen after touching a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the display. The Clear ID sensor is well-protected from scratches and waterproof as it placed under the display glass.

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