First in-screen fingerprint sensor announced in a smartphone

First in-screen fingerprint sensor announced in a smartphone

The tiny chip is integrated under the AMOLED display of the Vivo phone and uses optical technology to read your fingerprint works well! But as the competition became intense, Synaptics started to actively develop in-display fingerprint sensing technology, says TrendForce.

Though Apple is all but certain to adopt an under-the-glass Touch ID solution on its high-end iPhone 8, a report which surfaced roughly two weeks ago insisted that Cupertino's crown jewel wouldn't be the first smartphone to ship with a display-embedded fingerprint scanner. It has its limitations, where it only work with the phones that use OLED displays as the sensor looks through the spaces between subpixels from under the panel.

As smartphones go all-screen, one design problem has bedeviled everyone from Samsung to Apple: Where to put the fingerprint scanner?

"With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology".

Speaking at the event, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said, "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". But sadly none of the big smartphone manufacturers were able to implement this feature in their flagship phones. We didn't peak under the hood of the phone, but the phone worked well and especially the unlocking part. That if true will no doubt make for an exciting proposition.

The company now has big automotive aspirations, but more importantly, it managed to be the first company to show us actually working under-display fingerprint sensor.

Until Vivo officially launched the technology, device manufacturers had to find various alternative methods in order to achieve a bezel-less display on the phone. The prototype of the Vivo's under-display fingerprint technology includes Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader. It also enables quick and secured authentication.

At CES here, a Chinese vendor is showing off a smartphone built with a fingerprint reader that's hidden behind the display. Synaptics late a year ago announced that it entered mass manufacturing with its optical in-display fingerprint sensors, called Clear ID.