Vivo unveils first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner

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Vivo is relying on the optical fingerprint sensor from Synaptics, which had announced this technology towards the end of 2017. The company has teased a phone with minimal bezels and an under-display fingerprint sensor. The company showcased the world's first smartphone with a Clear ID sensor, and said that it'll ship production models in the first half of 2018. These fingerprint sensors can be embedded inside the display and will be scratch-proof as well waterproof.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is in full swing, and Vivo has just shown off the world's first smartphone with a working in-display fingerprint scanner.

The sensor will be between the OLED display and the mainboard.

In July 2017, the China-based company teamed up with Qualcomm to demo an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor - one of the first commercial examples of in-display fingerprint scanning. 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.

As the biometric scanner can be fitted under the screen, we can expect a number of smartphones ditching the rear-mounted fingerprint scanners for a more comfortable user experience.

It's early days for in-display fingerprint sensors, but we remain cautiously optimistic about their potential to replace conventional fingerprint scanners. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the fingerprint user interface will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience. 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. In other words, vivo has deliberately solved the industry's challenge of providing a better and convenient security authentication experience for future smartphones. Vivo says it will announce the availability of its first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone in early 21018.