I tried the first phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor

Steve Phelps
January 10, 2018

Well, fast forward to today, Vivo has showcased the world's first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanning at the ongoing CES 2018 tech show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The mechanics of setting up your fingerprint on the phone and then using it to unlock the device and do things like authenticate payments are the same as with a traditional fingerprint sensor.

It will be interesting to see how the new biometric scanning technology will affect the smartphone usage and the industry trends.

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In July 2017, the China-based company teamed up with Qualcomm to demo an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor - one of the first commercial examples of in-display fingerprint scanning. These fingerprint sensors can be embedded inside the display and will be scratch-proof as well waterproof. The fingerprint scanner will be placed between the glass panel and the OLED panel: when the finger will touch the glass panel, the OLED panel will illuminate the finger and the small chip will process the beams of light emitted. Vivo has partnered with Synaptics for their in screen fingerprint scanner. However, Synaptics' component is said to work with other devices like iPhone, LG, and Samsung. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the fingerprint user interface will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience. The upcoming smartphone in all likelihood will feature in-screen fingerprint sensor from Synaptics.

The Chinese smartphone maker showcased the latest technology at CES 2018.

"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", said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President, Vivo. Vivo says it will announce the availability of its first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone in early 21018. As we are moving towards smartphones with near bezel-less displays, consumers have been expecting under display fingerprint sensors to become a thing as many are not in favour of rear mounted sensors.

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