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Hands On With the Vivo Phone's In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

12 January 2018

In addition to Korean brands Samsung and LGE which make AMOLED panels by their own, Chinese smartphone brands such as OPPO, Vivo, Meizu, Gionee, Xiaomi and Huawei will also have chance to embed in-display fingerprint sensor for AMOLED panel in their new models to release in 2018.

According to TrendForce, phone-makers recognised there is insufficient space on the front side of the smartphone for a standard capacitive fingerprint sensor, and put their focus on in-display fingerprint sensors in recent years. Finally, they have made one which can be produced on a mass scale. That version used an ultrasonic sensor which was created with support from chipmaker Qualcomm. The company says the smartphone is ready for production and demonstrated how users will be able to unlock the device by placing the finger on the display. The phone's OLED display panel illuminates the fingerprint which is them read by the sensor. Samsung's upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S9 is already rumoured to come with an under the screen fingerprint scanner, however, before Samsung could debut it, Vivo went a step ahead and showed it off at the CES 2018.

Apple acquired Authentic in 2013 and have embedded fingerprint scanning in iPhones and iPads since then. So far, manufacturers have moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of their full-screen smartphones, a solution that hasn't been too popular with people. Many big-name technology companies, such as Samsung and Apple, have attempted to protect their consumers by offering various methods in order to lock your phone and ultimately keep your private information safe.

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Now that CES 2018 has been under way for a few days, the device with the new type of fingerprint sensor has indeed been demoed at the show.

Synaptics has confirmed that the security of the in-display fingerprint scanner's authentication would be at the same level as the current fingerprint scanners in premium devices like Pixel 2 or OnePlus 5T. But if you tilt the phone up to activate the "lift to wake" mode, the OLED screen shows an always-on clock and gives you a nice little animation when you press into it. This Vivo smartphone is the first one to have an in-screen fingerprint sensor.

Hands On With the Vivo Phone's In-Display Fingerprint Scanner