Credit: Philip MichaelsThe world became aware of Vivo's plans a month ago, when Synaptics, which makes the sensor that enables in-display fingerprint scanning, announced that Vivo would become its first customer.
With in-display fingerprint scanning technology, smartphone manufacturers would no longer have to place the fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone or just ditch it entirely (yes, Apple, we are talking about you). The smartphone indicates where the user can put their finger and scans it on the screen to unlock the phone.
Vivo first presented a prototype of company's fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor.
Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will unveil its latest feature - in-display fingerprint scanner - at the ongoing CES 2018, a Consumer Technology Association (CTA) event, which encourages innovation in consumer technologies.
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Samsung wasn't able to pull it off either, and the first Galaxy device featuring a fingerprint sensor is expected to drop only in the second half of 2018.
The in-display fingerprint sensor is developed for OLED display panels with thin bezels with 18:9 aspect ratio and above devices. It is also worth mentioning that a fingerprint scanner cannot offer the same level of security of a well-made 3D facial recognition technology or iris scanner, which can recognize more unique elements in the face of the user. With companies shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity display, it doesn't leave any room for fingerprint scanner below the display.
Vivo has confirmed that the smartphone is ready for mass-production. Whatever the case may be, what now remains to be seen is which fortunate unit from Vivo's shelf will integrate the onscreen fingerprint technology.
As the biometric scanner can be fitted under the screen, we can expect a number of smartphones ditching the rear-mounted fingerprint scanners for a more comfortable user experience. As for Apple, the tech giant made a decision to take a different approach for the iPhone X. Apple used its own facial recognition tech called Face ID and just completely ditched its Touch ID fingerprint sensor.