Now it looks like Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will be the first manufacturer that will be able to use the technology for its smartphones. "Synaptics announced it has figured out how to manufacture, in high volume, an integrated fingerprint sensor in the smartphone display that operates in a fast, secure, manner", a report in Forbes said late on Thursday. At the time, it was believed that Synaptics was talking about Samsung.
The phone will come from Vivo who, while isn't entirely popular in the United States, will likely make its name known across the industry as the first to embed a fingerprint reader in a display. He remarked that it was "impressive" and that it was "fast and simple".
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.
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If you are a bit curious about the new in-screen sensor created by Synaptics, this is a small CMOS device planted below an AMOLED display.
A scratched sensor is not a useful sensor, but since the Clear ID sensors will end up being protected by Gorilla Glass, the manufacturer says it's waterproof and scratchproof, and that models incorporating the technology should be launched early next year. In order for it to work, the finger has to be illuminated, so that the fingerprint scanner can read the reflections of the finger scan. The Verge also makes an important point about Vivo being part of BBK Electronics, which also sells phones under the Oppo and OnePlus brands. The company announced via Nasdaq that their Clear ID technology, a family of products that add fingerprint sensors to display screens, will be in mass production in 2018. The company is aiming to ship around 70 million units of Clear ID sensor which suggests that even other smartphone vendors are likely to adopt this new biometric recognition feature.
In terms of the security, Moorhead has also clarified that Synaptics has built-in a separate encryption module to the Clear ID sensor while also allowing the hardware to interact with the phone's processor for authenticating the fingerprint. Next year, however, Synaptic is bringing the technology to a "top five" smartphone maker.