Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Smartphone fingerprint scanning heads to mainstream

Smartphone fingerprint scanning heads to mainstream

First is the 18:9 aspect ratio, which gave us bigger screens by slimming down the bezels on smartphones, moving the position of the fingerprint scanner to rear and more.

At CES 2018, we saw Vivo launching the world's first phone with a fingerprint scanner that has been built into the display. 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. Last month, though, Synaptics, the company behind many of your laptop's trackpads and other input devices, unveiled an in-screen fingerprint sensor called the Clear ID (pictured). The imprint will be removed by illuminating the finger with light.

The fingerprint sensor has been made by the sensor company Synaptics, and it has been installed beneath the 6-inch OLED display, and that is the screen that you are actually looking at beneath the cover glass.

BGR quotes a release from TrendForce saying that "Fingerprint sensors will still be the first choice for most Android phones in 2018, since other biometric authentication methods available for Android phone makers can not completely replace fingerprint identification yet".

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Well, Chinese manufacturers showed a prototype of an in-screen fingerprint sensor even before the iPhone was out, but it was slow and not really where it needed to be to hit the markets.

One lucky reporter had the chance test the new feature, but Vivo has yet to announce the official name of the device.

The new version of the in-display fingerprint scanning technology developed by Vivo, along with Qualcomm is an optic-based technology which was developed with Synaptics.

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology outperforms other authentication solutions available for full-screen smartphones in many aspects. Once the phone is unlocked, you won't know the sensor is there. Early reports claim this sensor is accurate and fast enough, but it can't match the speed and accuracy of the best dedicated fingerprint sensors. Device manufacturers were left with very little options, one of them being moving the fingerprint sensor towards the back of the phone - a move which received mostly negative reviews.

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