Vivo Officially Beat Apple to Hidden Fingerprint Sensor Technology

Vivo Officially Beat Apple to Hidden Fingerprint Sensor Technology

Chinese tech company Vivo made waves at CES earlier this month, when it debuted the world's first smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

This technology will only work for phones that use OLED displays because the sensor looks through the spaces between subpixels from under the panel.

Rival phone manufacturers are tipped to follow in Vivo's footsteps, and launch their own devices with in-display fingerprint scanners in 2018. The prototype of the Vivo's under-display fingerprint technology includes Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader.

The smartphone with the Vivo In Display Fingerprint Scanning technology can be unlocked by placing your finger on a specific part of the display. Compared to fingerprint sensors on the back of smartphones, Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology offers a more convenient operation without sacrificing the sleek and unified design of the smartphone.

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From their explanation, "When your fingertip hits the target, the sensor array turns on the display to light your finger, and only your finger".

In short, yes. It's a very similar process to any other fingerprint setup on a smartphone, only this time you're tapping your finger on an icon on the display, rather than a physical sensor.

It's been nearly a year since we wanted the under-the-display on our phones. A fingerprint sensor is more practical. Once the fingerprint is registered, unlocking the phone works just fine, like any other physical fingerprint sensors. Users will then only need to place their fingerprints on top of the icon for authentication.

TrendForce estimates global smartphone shipments for this year will total around 1.53 billion units, in which the penetration rate of fingerprint recognition technologies will reach 60%, an increase from 55% in 2017. The chip itself is tiny, so Vivo puts a visual cue to where exactly you have to press in order to unlock the phone. It is just a bit slower than what you might be used to from a traditional fingerprint scanner, but not much slower. "It will be realized more subtly under the screen, behind the metal shell, or even in the frame", Vivo told Engadget in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of MWC, Shanghai.

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