Vivo unveils first under-the-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

Vivo unveils first under-the-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

But as the competition became intense, Synaptics started to actively develop in-display fingerprint sensing technology, says TrendForce.

This optical fingerprint sensor tech only works behind OLED screens because they're sufficiently thin and transparent.

Nearly immediately following Vivo's announcement, Qualcomm followed up by issuing its own press release announcing that its under-the-glass fingerprint scanning technology is now in development.

The best thing about this implementation of a fingerprint scanner is that it looks practically invisible.

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.

Synaptics to ship in-display fingerprint sensors with Vivo smartphones
Vivo Shows Off a Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

Speaking at the event, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said, "Today's showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience".

As you touch the screen, the lit-up fingerprint is then reflected into an in-display fingerprint sensor which is then authenticated.

For several years now, cell phone users have had to live with the fear of a potential thief acquiring possession of their device. "We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon". First is the 18:9 aspect ratio, which gave us bigger screens by slimming down the bezels on smartphones, moving the position of the fingerprint scanner to rear and more.

Also, while Vivo happens to be the first and only company at the moment to show off a working prototype featuring an under-screen fingerprint scanner, it remains to be seen what other companies offers the same tech. The technology behind it is actually made by Synaptics and below you will find a detailed explanation of the tiny new chip that sits under the screen glass and what it does, but first - the real impressions.

Synaptics is using under-display CMOS image sensor that is significantly faster than iPhone X 3D facial recognition. The availability of Vivo's first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018.

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