Vivo Showcases the World's First Smartphone with an In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

With the Home button sacrificed for a full-frontal display, Apple reportedly sought to integrate the sensor within the screen itself.

Chinese smartphone maker, Vivo has unveiled the first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner. It works by illuminating the finger and then processing the beams of light for an imprint.

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

The race to implementing an under-display fingerprint sensor is close to its end, and it looks like Vivo will come out on top after all. It is also said to be scratch proof and waterproof since it is covered with a glass.

Coming to the technology used, the company is using Piezoelectric currents to push fingerprint verification under OLED displays and even in the metallic back panel of the phones. These displays are typically edge-to-edge with a wide 18:9 aspect ratio. However, Synaptics' component is said to work with other devices like iPhone, LG, and Samsung.

CES 2018 is in full swing and is giving us a chance to witness the next generation technology products.

CES 2018 has not been about smartphones much this time around, but that isn't stopping Vivo from making its presence felt. The only difference I experienced was that the Vivo handset was slower - both to learn the contours of my fingerprint and to unlock once I put my thumb on the on-screen fingerprint prompt - but not so much as to be problematic.

"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 that this is world's first ready-to-produce smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, and just to be clear, on the inside lies Synaptics" in-display fingerprint scanner, 'Clear ID'.

The recent fingerprint scanning technology aims to offer users a better and a more convenient way in terms of fingerprint authentication experiences.

  • Joey Payne