Just a couple of days ago, we told our readers that Synaptics, a fingerprint sensor manufacturer, has announced the mass production of its optical in-display fingerprint sensors. In comparison with Qualcomm's fingerprint display technology, Vivo's had superior sensing capabilities.
While there are various rumours of who would be launched the under-display fingerprint sensor first, a recent report by Forbes claims that it would be Vivo which will introduce the first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Earlier this week, Synaptics - the company responsible for handling the touch input on millions of laptop trackpads and smartphone screens - announced that it has started mass production with its first optical in-display fingerprint sensors. Users will simply have to wake the phone by pressing the right side button and place their finger where an illuminated fingerprint is shown at the bottom portion of the display. One simply needs to touch the icon to unlock phone.
This will be first smartphone manufacturer with inscreen fingerprint sensor
In terms of the security, Moorhead has also clarified that Synaptics has built-in a separate encryption module to the Clear ID sensor while also allowing the hardware to interact with the phone's processor for authenticating the fingerprint. Moorhead said that he was able to try out the in-display fingerprint scanner using a pre-production smartphone unit from Vivo. Synaptics claims the method is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition for unlocking the device. The Clear ID experience was "fast and simple", says Moorhead. The Clear ID sensor is well-protected from scratches and waterproof as it placed under the display glass. Developers are provided with the option to add a secondary protection at authentication stage. This is clearly setting a path for more smartphones to come with an "all-screen" design that integrates the fingerprint scanner with the display. However, Moorhead seemed to have cleared the air confirming it is going to be vivo smartphone instead.
Well, for our readers that smartphone manufacturer is not Samsung. Notably, Vivo is one of the top five smartphone vendors globally, according to the IDC Q1 2017 Tracker.