Vivo Likely To Beat Samsung, Apple To Introduce Display Integrated Fingerprint Sensor

Vivo not Samsung will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner

It is also worth noting that both Apple and Samsung were rumoured at one point to incorporate in-screen fingerprint sensors in their flagship smartphones.

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.

"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, senior vice president, and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics said in a statement.

Apple recently abandoned its fingerprint scanner in favour of Face ID, partly because the new iPhone X has no space for a home button. In order for it to work, the finger has to be illuminated, so that the fingerprint scanner can read the reflections of the finger scan.

As to the technology behind the in-display fingerprint scanner itself, carrying the model name Clear ID FS9500, it is created to work with phones with an 18:9 and 20:9 orientation. The technology that Synaptics has come out with, aka Clear ID, is said to be fast and simple.

In-screen fingerprint sensors have been considered as a natural evolution of modern biometric sensors as the smartphone displays this year moved to an edge-to-edge concept. It is Vivo which was hailed at 5th position by the IDC report.

Synaptics says that it plans to ship a total 70 million units of its in-display fingerprint scanner in 2018.

As noted earlier, Samsung is also expected to use this technology on its upcoming smartphones.

The company announced that it is going into full production with what it described as "top five original equipment manufacturers (OEM)".

The new in-screen sensor is a small CMOS device placed below an AMOLED screen. The whole setup also uses the built-in accelerometer in the phone and other sensors to know when to activate the fingerprint reader and light up the appropriate part of the display.

The first smartphone hasn't been named just yet, but the fingerprint sensor is Clear ID FS9500 for what it's worth.

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