We have been hearing about the in display fingerprint for quite some time. Rumor mills were earlier speculating an under the screen fingerprint sensor for the iPhone X. As we all know the iPhone X got a Face ID feature and ditched the Fingerprint Sensor (TouchID) altogether. Synaptics had earlier revealed that a Tier 1 manufacturer would introduce the first phone with the under display fingerprint scanner at the CES 2018.
Vivo has finally broken the silence and has announced that it will be the first manufacturer to use the Synaptics under-display fingerprint scanner. The company has already showcased the device at the ongoing CES and has become the first smartphone manufacturer to implement the tech.
Senior VP, Vivo, Alex Feng detailed the technology in a press release and said that it is aimed at solving the industry’s challenge of offering a convenient authentication experience. He also added that the phone with the under-display fingerprint sensor is ready for mass production and will be announced in “early 2018.”
The most prominent features of the under-display fingerprint include the fact that it is resistant to sweat and dust. The scanner is designed to work properly even when the device is immersed in water. In all likelihood, Vivo will opt for an under display fingerprint sensor for the bottom half of the display. Wondering what this means? Well, this means you can unlock the phone by placing fingers on any part on the lower bottom of the display. The under-display fingerprint sits between the OLED panel and the mainboard. It works by illuminating the finger and then processing the beams of light for an imprint.
That apart, Vivo has promised that the new fingerprint sensor will continue to offer the same level of security being offered by the current generation fingerprint sensor. Lately, a handful of smartphone manufacturers are offering alternative solutions to fingerprint unlocking, Apple did it with the Face ID on the iPhone X while OnePlus implemented the same on the OnePlus 5T.