Vivo Will Offer First Phone With In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

Steve Phelps
December 16, 2017

It is also worth noting that both Apple and Samsung were rumoured at one point to incorporate in-screen fingerprint sensors in their flagship smartphones. Vivo might not be a known name in Western countries but it has emerged as a top-notch brand with quality phones in Asia.

The news comes just a few days after Synaptics" announcement that it had in-display fingerprint sensors in mass production, and that it would soon be deployed in a "Tier 1' smartphone, with demos planned for the Consumer Electronics Show.

While it's quite disappointing we won't be seeing Synaptics' new in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S9, we're certainly curious to see how Vivo's phone will turn out.

Apple recently abandoned its fingerprint scanner in favour of Face ID, partly because the new iPhone X has no space for a home button. Many users still prefer using their fingerprint instead of iris scans and facial recognition, which doesn't work if the phone is off to the side on a table or desk.

Although Vivo has not yet made anything official, a popular analyst, Patrick Moorhead got his hands on the device using the tech and confirmed its existence on Twitter.

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As to the technology behind the in-display fingerprint scanner itself, carrying the model name Clear ID FS9500, it is created to work with phones with an 18:9 and 20:9 orientation.

"The Clear ID experience was fast and simple", McDonald said in an opinion piece. Whether your finger is dry, wet, hot, cold, etc., the under-display CMOS image sensor utilizes the display to light up your fingerprint, capture an image of it, then unlocks your device.

When smartphone manufacturers moved to infinity-style displays in 2017, virtually removing all bezels around the screen, many expected some to adopt in-display fingerprint scanners.

After months of development, demos, and speculation, the world's first in-screen fingerprint sensor is finally coming to a smartphone you can buy. This will allow manufacturers to maintain the design of their phones, while also keeping the fingerprint reader in a familiar area.

The Clear ID SF9500 sensor itself measures just 0.69mm in thickness and does not make smartphones significantly thicker.

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