CES 2018: vivo Showcases First Phone with In-screen Fingerprint Sensor

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"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. Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has already announced the launch of the first-ever fingerprint scanner that is built into the display of the smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is now going on in Las Vegas till 12th Jan 2018. All you need to do is press the finger you want to register on the phone screen in the place where the home button would be. The prompt can appear even when the screen is off, and will disappear when it is no longer needed. Some Android OEMs like Samsung and OnePlus have moved their sensor to the back, and Apple just got rid of the fingerprint sensor altogether on the iPhone X. Vivo usually pops up on our radar when it shows up at a trade show with a "first ever" feature on smartphones.

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As told by the manufacturer, the fingerprint scanner is located between the motherboard and OLED panel. According to vivo, the in-screen fingerprint sensor will be available on a ready-to-produce smartphone soon. However, in the past year or so, smartphone manufacturers have adopted a new type of technology that has made it harder to deploy a fingerprint reader in the phone.

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"We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be created to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication", said Seshu Madhavapeddy, Qualcomm Technologies's vice president of product management. The near-final design uses an optical signal so the sensor can see right through the display. The sensor seems to have been tested on various devices at CES.

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For all the phone enthusiasts out there, the best and the most exciting news is that this technology exists, and it works. Fingerprint sensor is prone to that and it is not a big secret that placing it under the display makes ideal sense. Once the fingerprint is registered, unlocking the phone works just fine, like any other physical fingerprint sensors.

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