Vivo Will Offer First Phone With In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

by Lawrence Cooper December 18, 2017, 0:23
Vivo Will Offer First Phone With In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

While a majority of smartphones continue to rely on rear panel mounted fingerprint sensor, Synaptics might just about be a disruptive force with its "in-display" fingerprint sensing technology. Now, we know the name of the first phone manufacturer that plans to include the tech in a smartphone: Vivo.

Credit: ShutterstockSynaptics, the firm responsible for producing the sensors, has revealed that Chinese phone maker Vivo will be its first customer.

"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", Kevin Barber, SVP and GM of Synaptics' mobile division, said.

Named "Clear ID", these are expected to work exactly like the home button fingerprint sensors.

Apple reportedly had ditch the TouchID entirely as it could not integrate fingerprint sensor in the display and came with facial recognition that it called FaceID.

Previously Apple was slated to add the technology to their $999 iPhone X. However, the Cupertino giant instead opted for the Face ID since the technology was unavailable then.

"The Clear ID experience was fast and simple", McDonald said in an opinion piece. Somewhere in June, a report emerged claiming that Vivo, a company owned by BBK Electronics and has so far confirmed its plans to enter the Kenyan market in early 2018, would be the first to use this technology. Synaptics on its part touts the Clear ID FS9500 as a "smart" technology that can detect fingerprints in various lighting conditions, can recognize wet or cold fingers, and detect attempts to spoof fingerprints.

There's an arms race between Apple, Samsung, and other phone makers to move away from physical fingerprint scanners to unlock your phone, to ones that can sit under the screen. Supposedly twice as fast as Face ID, Clear ID reads the user's fingerprint from beneath the screen, all without interrupting anything displayed.

A OnePlus 6 featuring Clear ID could make the second-half of 2018 even more interesting. The ultimate advantage of opting for in-display sensors would be the let manufacturers bring more full-screen smartphones in the coming future, complete with the ease of a front-facing fingerprint sensor.

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