Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Vivo unveils first smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor at CES

Vivo unveils first smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor at CES

And this very morning, live on stage from from Mobile World Congress 2017, Shanghai, Vivo did just that: officially taking the wraps off what the company's dubbed, ingeniously, "Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution" - a revolutionary new glass-embedded fingerprint reader that's largely based on technology spearheaded by San Diego, California-based chip-maker, Qualcomm.

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 work towards bezel-less display is growing at the fast pace as all the necessary steps are being taken. The device can't be unlocked until the screen is active.

Once your finger's been registered, unlocking your phone works just as if there was a physical fingerprint sensor below the screen.

Apart from being cutting edge-technology, the biggest advantage of in-display scanner is it allows a phone to have an "all-screen" display and no awkwardly positioned sensors behind the phone. To create this reflection, part of the screen has to light up, and then the finger reader will capture the reflection between the AMOLED pixels. And this time, without thick bezels above and below the screen. "Today's showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience". You will need to place your finger on an icon which will be located on the display and keep on pressing until the entire fingerprint is scanned.

Vivo unveils first smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor at CES

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology outperforms other authentication solutions available for full-screen smartphones in many aspects. As soon as you press the icon on the screen, it has a Gestures function, which activates the Synaptics optical sensor with a cool tap animation to let you know that you have clicked and now can unlock the phone.

For as many times as the fingerprint sensor worked, it failed just as many times.

A Vivo spokesperson told me the company picked that location because people were used to it.

The Face ID on the new iPhone X is good, but it does fail at times.

Fingerprint recognition has always been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones. Like right now, when it's freezing in NY and I usually have a scarf covering half my face, and Face ID won't work.

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