CES 2018: Vivo unveiled first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner

I tried the first phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor

The company said a “Tier 1” manufacturer would introduce the first phone with the tech at CES 2018. Rumor mills were earlier speculating an under the screen fingerprint sensor for the iPhone X. As we all know the iPhone X got a Face ID feature and ditched the Fingerprint Sensor (TouchID) altogether. "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".

The phone uses an optical fingerprint sensor from Synaptics.

It will be interesting to see how the new biometric scanning technology will affect the smartphone usage and the industry trends.

Vivo hasn't announced the exact timeline for availability of this smartphone in the market, but, the company has said that details pertaining to the availability of this smartphone will be announced in early 2018.

Coming to the technology used, the company is using Piezoelectric currents to push fingerprint verification under OLED displays and even in the metallic back panel of the phones. The new model may come with thinner bezels as the fingerprint sensor will move under the display. The taller display has also resulted in the end of the physical home button on the front of the device, where the fingerprint scanner was typically placed. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the fingerprint user interface will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience. Vivo has developed this technology in collaboration with chipset maker Qualcomm.

CES 2018 has not been about smartphones much this time around, but that isn't stopping Vivo from making its presence felt.

"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".

Alex Feng, Senior VP at vivo, said in a press release the solution is solving the industrys challenge of providing a more convenient authentication experience.

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