Vivo's in-display fingerprint sensor shows the future of smartphone biometrics

Vivo reveals the first in-display fingerprint scanner

Vivo's in-display fingerprint sensor shows the future of smartphone biometrics

At CES 2018, I got to grips with the first smartphone to have this futuristic tech built in, and I was left a little bewildered by the experience.

Breaking away from the conventional fingerprint technologies, Chinese smartphone player Vivo has displayed a new technology wherein the fingerprint scanner can be placed somewhere on the display screen itself, and not as a dedicated scanner, either on the front bezel or at the back.

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Synaptics has first revealed this technology in December 2017 and the news had sparked speculation as to which smartphones would sport this particular technology.

Back in June past year, at MWC Shanghai 2017, chip maker Qualcomm introduced on-screen fingerprint scanner, and later, Chinese smartphone brand Vivo also showed off a prototype smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanning technology. So, there is no need for a physical button.

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At the time when Face recognition technology is replacing the fingerprint sensor, Vivo wants to revolutionize the fingerprint sensor again. It's up to the phone maker to handle the software side of things in terms of the on-screen prompt for your fingerprint, but the great part about this sensor is that it's only enabled when the phone needs it.

"With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology". Now, if you take a look at the gallery down below, you'll be able to see the company's smartphone, while the two videos down below will give you an idea as to how the in-display fingerprint scanner works.

According to the senior VP at Vivo (Alex Feng), the device will provide a more comfortable authentication experience and it will be officially announced early 2018.

It will be interesting to see how the new biometric scanning technology will affect the smartphone usage and the industry trends. That fingerprint scanner was announced last month, and Synaptics recently confirmed that it is already producing large quantities of Clear ID for the "world's top five smartphone manufacturers', and Vivo belongs in that group".

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