Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Hands On With the Vivo Phone's In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

Synaptics to ship in-display fingerprint sensors with Vivo smartphones Vivo's Groundbreaking Fingerprint Sensor is Changing the Smartphone World
June Sullivan | 14 January, 2018, 00:35

"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", Barber added.

As expected, vivo is demonstrating the first smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor right here at CES 2018. We'll know more about the smartphone as we approach its launch. The prompt can appear even when the screen is off, and will disappear when it is no longer needed.

Recently, Synaptics released new in-display fingerprint sensing solutions for AMOLED panels. Vivo usually pops up on our radar when it shows up at a trade show with a "first ever" feature on smartphones.

Vivo had announced in December previous year that it would be the first company to launch a phone with in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Sensor Company Synaptics, which has demoed the Vivo phone in a crowded booth, goes on to inform us that the fingerprint reader will not use a lot of battery. "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", said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo.

For all the phone enthusiasts out there, the best and the most exciting news is that this technology exists, and it works. Once you place it down, this icon will shine brighter to illuminate your finger bright enough for the sensor to see.

Fingerprint recognition has always been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones. The optical sensor can't physically sense a pulse, but Synaptics told us that it has built in a robust anti-spoofing system to ensure its reader can't be fooled by others trying to imitate your fingerprint. Device manufacturers were left with very little options, one of them being moving the fingerprint sensor towards the back of the phone - a move which received mostly negative reviews.

According to TrendForce, phone-makers recognised there is insufficient space on the front side of the smartphone for a standard capacitive fingerprint sensor, and put their focus on in-display fingerprint sensors in recent years.

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