Fingerprint Sensor Under The Display Technology Goes Into Mass Production

Vivo not Samsung will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner

At CES in January 2018, Synaptics said it will offer a live demonstration of in-display fingerprint recognition on a full-production, soon to be announced "tier one" customer phone. Vivo might not be a known name in Western countries but it has emerged as a top-notch brand with quality phones in Asia.

Another important thing to note is that while Vivo has confirmed that it will be coming to Kenya, it's unlikely that it'll be accompanied by the world's first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

A Chinese phone maker will beat Apple to put a fingerprint reader inside the screen of its next phone. It is worth adding that since the component is said to work on OLED screens, it might as well work on devices such as Galaxy S smartphones, LG G series or the iPhone X. Synaptics, at the time of the launch, said that the Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensor works on wet, dry and cold fingers.

Apple, meanwhile, made a decision to ditch an actual fingerprint scanner altogether with the iPhone X. The iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone to not have Touch ID. 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. The Clear ID experience was "fast and simple", says Moorhead.




With the inbuilt sensors the manufacturers in near future would be able to bring out more full-screen smartphones, complete with the ease of a front-facing fingerprint sensor.

An article written by Patrick Moorhead for Forbes explains what it's like to use the reader.

If you are a bit curious about the new in-screen sensor created by Synaptics, this is a small CMOS device planted below an AMOLED display. Synaptics claims that its technology is faster than the 3-D face recognition technology introduced by Apple recently. Apple, in particular, was highly rumoured to implement the technology for its anniversary special iPhone X but the company went ahead with FaceID, which uses 3D facial mapping for biometric authentication.

Overall, it looks like the Synaptics Clear ID technology is very reliable based on Moorhead's experience. It is Vivo which was hailed at 5th position by the IDC report.

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