Vivo reveals the first in-display fingerprint scanner

Synaptics Clear ID FS9500 the chip used for in-screen fingerprint recognition

Synaptics Clear ID FS9500 the chip used for in-screen fingerprint recognition

Vivo's most anticipated smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner is finally made official at CES 2018.

Apparently, the 6-inch slim-bezel smartphone which was used for showcasing the innovative technology appeared to be somewhat similar to the OnePlus 5T.

As per GSMArena, the new fingerprint sensor will be housed between the OLED panel and mainboard.

In a statement Vivo said the fingerprint scanning technology showcased at CES was a "whole new mobile experience". While tech giants were said to have been exploring this technology, Vivo took the lead and gave a sneak peak of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor at MWC Shanghai past year.

As anticipated, Vivo has taken the opportunity of this week's Consumer Electronics Show to demo the world's first commercial smartphone to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. About a month ago, Synaptics unveiled its Clear ID FS9500 sensor, and said that it will be featured in a "Top 5" manufacturer's phone before long. While rear-mounted fingerprint scanners are all well and good, there are people who just like it on the front of the smartphone. Now it looks like Vivo will be the first player to use this kind of technology.

So how does it work?

The use of glass will also help the manufacturer to make the phone water-proof (IP68 or beyond), as well. It's located at the bottom portion of the smartphone. Users just need to tap on display and it recognizes smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display.

It's early days for in-display fingerprint sensors, but we remain cautiously optimistic about their potential to replace conventional fingerprint scanners. A fingerprint image will mark the exact area, which is where a home button will usually be found, and it pops up when a user raises or picks up the handset.

The Chinese brand, ranked by IDC as the third largest smartphone vendor in China after Huawei and Oppo, believes it has solved the challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint authentication system for smartphones.

Samsung was rumored to be working on the same technology past year for the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Ever since the Apple's iPhone X renders started came out, the device was expected to launch with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, unfortunately, it didn't. It works by illuminating the finger and then processing the beams of light for an imprint.

According to the senior VP at Vivo (Alex Feng), the device will provide a more comfortable authentication experience and it will be officially announced early 2018.

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