Vivo To Release First Phone with In-Display Fingerprint Sensor


Forbes spent time with a pre-production Vivo phone outfitted with the sensor and described it as "fast and simple".

Just days after Synaptics announced the mass production of its in-display fingerprint sensor with one of the "top-five" smartphone vendors, it has now been revealed that Vivo is working with the company to build the advanced experience on a mass level.

The "Clear ID" technology from Synaptics will enable phone manufacturers to do away with the current generation of scanners for fingerprint-based biometric security. The concept device used an ultrasonic sensor underneath a surface.

Vivo is indeed a "top five" smartphone OEM, at least, according to IDC, the company comes after Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi, in terms of shipment results in the third quarter of 2017. Synaptics claims that its technology is faster than the 3D face recognition technology introduced by Apple on its flagship iPhone X.

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The rise of infinity displays makes it tough for OEMs to place the fingerprint sensor anywhere but under the screen.

And all it will take to unlock a device is one quick touch of the sensor, from nearly any angle. It's also fully scratch- and waterproof - since it will be protected by the smartphone's glass display.

Tech analyst Patrick Moorhead has been trialing the new device and said it works faster than he expected. The company's decision to go with Synaptics has therefore come as a surprise, and is great news for Synaptics, considering the fact that there are more than a few sensor and smartphone manufacturing companies trying to implement similar technology in smartphones in a viable manner so that they're capable of high volume production.

"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", Kevin Barber, SVP and GM of Synaptics' mobile division, said. With Clear ID, Synaptics is looking to offer an even more seamless solution.