Vivo showing off world's first phone with in-screen fingerprint sensor

James Martin  CNET

James Martin CNET

At CES 2018, Vivo shows the world the first ready-to-produce smartphone featuring in-display fingerprint scanning technology, demonstrating its continued commitment to bringing an extraordinary user experience to consumers.

(It doesn't work in LCDs due to their need for a backlight.) Synaptics said that it's already begun mass production of the Clear ID sensors, and that as many as 70 million units will be made available to OEMs this year.

In December, manufacturing company Synaptics announced that it's created a technology allowing fingerprint scanners to be placed under displays. Unfortunately, all of them were wrong because it is Vivo, a China-based smartphone maker, that got there first.

Previously, the company had announced a partnership with Synaptics to integrate its own in-display fingerprint mechanism named Clear ID.

It's a similar story with Samsung's latest flagship smartphones, although it has shifted the fingerprint sensor to the rear of its devices rather than dispense with it completely. This technology also solves the difficulty of authenticating fingerprint in future smartphones.

This is the sensor that makes it all possible.                  John Kim  CNET
This is the sensor that makes it all possible. John Kim CNET

Full-screen displays are set to deliver a more immersive user experience for consumers as various interactions will be integrated and consolidated on the display. The users just have to press the "fingerprint graphic" on the screen with their finger to perform the unlocking. Compared to fingerprint sensors on the back of smartphones, Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology offers a more convenient operation without sacrificing the sleek and unified design of the smartphone. It also enables quick and secure authentication.

We've been hearing about in-display fingerprint sensors for quite a while. Since this device has a new technology, it's frustrating to know that users have to experience a slight lag.

The 6-inch bezel-less smartphone, which doesn't appear to have a name yet, makes use of the Clear ID FS9500 within an OLED display.

At CES 2018, Vivo showed off the first phone to ever have a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display.

"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". If Vivo ships smartphones with this technology, you can expect other companies such as Xiaomi to follow the same path.

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