This Could Be Vivo's In Display Fingerprint Sensor Equipped Smartphone

While many predicted that Samsung would be the company to launch the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor, it seems, that won't be the case.

Vivo, a company whose name might not be familiar to you, is actually a top-five smartphone maker thanks to its large presence in Chine.

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.

Vivo has been experimenting with phones with in-screen fingerprint sensors for some time now. Well, we don't have to wait for next month's CES to find out who that top 5 OEM is, as we now know it is Vivo that will showcase the under-display technology, with Forbes going hands-on with a pre-production unit with Clear ID onboard. 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.

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. Synaptics claims that its in-house technology is as faster alternative biometrics such as 3D facial recognition like Apple's Face ID and is highly secured.

"The Clear ID experience was fast and simple", McDonald said in an opinion piece.

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. The overall experience isn't that much different than current front-facing fingerprint scanners, but it eliminates the need to put them on the back as modern screens are all but taking up the front. Meanwhile, Vivo hasn't given out any details on which of its new upcoming smartphones will use the technology.

That said, Vivo's new sensors are likely to be operated by one-touch, high-resolution optical scanning through full glass and through the device's display.

2018 certainly looks to be the year of the hidden fingerprint scanner, and I can't help but wonder how Face ID will be viewed once Clear ID is established.

  • Joey Payne