"Today's showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience".
Synaptics unveiled the first in-display fingerprint scanner late past year and the company also revealed that the first phone to sport the new technology would would be launched at CES 2018, in Las Vegas.
The sensor will be between the OLED display and the mainboard. The need for in-display fingerprint scanners has risen after smartphone makers have switched to a full display. The company had said that the FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensor was undergoing mass production with a "top five OEM".
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. This fingerprint sensor only requires one touch to access the smartphone. The new model may come with thinner bezels as the fingerprint sensor will move under the display.
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Vivo first presented a prototype of company's fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor. The taller display has also resulted in the end of the physical home button on the front of the device, where the fingerprint scanner was typically placed. 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. This suggests that the in-display fingerprint sensor will be fully functional in the smartphone.
Senior VP, Vivo, Alex Feng detailed the technology in a press release and said that it is aimed at solving the industry's challenge of offering a convenient authentication experience.
Vivo had showcased the concept device of the inbuilt smartphone fingerprint sensor under display at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai previous year.