Back in December we heard that Synpatics in display fingerprint scanner had entered production and now Vivo has shown off a new smartphone with the technology at CES. However, that sensor wasn't as responsive as Vivo wanted it to be, so they have now teamed up with Synaptics.
After reportedly failing Samsung in delivering a functional screen-embedded fingerprint sensor in time for last year's Galaxy S8 launch, Synaptics joined forces with Vivo, and the result of the two's collaboration works surprisingly well.
"Synaptics' Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market", Barber added.
The in-display scanner reads the user's fingerprint to unlock the device, without taking up precious screen space. Apart from its highlight in-display fingerprint sensor feature, nothing else is known about the phone as of now.
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This is according to market research firm TrendForce, which believes in-display fingerprint sensors will make a breakthrough this year, with vendors Samsung, LG, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and Huawei likely to embed this technology, bringing the global fingerprint sensor penetration rate in smartphones to 60%. The near-final design uses an optical signal so the sensor can see right through the display. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience. Vivo SVP Alex Feng said of the device, "We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon".
The overall process takes just 0.7 seconds, not quite as fast as the 0.2 seconds that are commonly advertized for traditional fingerprint scanners these days, but still faster than the average of 1.4 seconds it takes to use face recognition. The chip-maker went on to explain that the sensors were developed as an "integrated solution" that would work in tandem with the chip-maker's expansive line of Snapdragon CPUs for mobile devices. That way, you'll be able to place your fingers anywhere to unlock the phone.
Until Vivo officially launched the technology, device manufacturers had to find various alternative methods in order to achieve a bezel-less display on the phone.