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CES 2018: vivo Showcases First Phone with In-screen Fingerprint Sensor

CES 2018: vivo Showcases First Phone with In-screen Fingerprint Sensor

When the user makes the phone screen active, a small icon appears on the screen instead of the home button. You will need to place your finger on an icon which will be located on the display and keep on pressing until the entire fingerprint is scanned. The screen would register the fingerprint digit, spinning up a spider web of the blue pattern. Once the fingerprint is registered, unlocking the phone works just fine, like any other physical fingerprint sensors.

This all-new feature is now present in the pre-production model by Chinese phone maker Vivo.

The particular device however does not have an official name as yet though Vivo officials have confirmed the handset is destined to reach markets sometime soon.

For all the phone enthusiasts out there, the best and the most exciting news is that this technology exists, and it works. However, companies have failed repeatedly on ways to implement it, the latest one being Apple which reportedly made a failed attempt to incorporate the same onto its latest flagship phone the iPhone X. In-display, also called under-the-display or under-display fingerprint scanner, is a system where the sensor is placed right under the display screen which silently "retracts" once the phone has been unlocked. The prototype of the Vivo's under-display fingerprint technology includes Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader. Under display fingerprint sensor is a technology that has been long expected to arrive as smartphone manufactures bring out edge-to-edge displays.

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At the end of 2016, it notes, Synaptics released UnderGlass, an optical solution for fingerprint sensing, which overcomes the limitation that capacitive solutions can not sense through the glass panel of phones. To create this reflection, part of the screen has to light up, and then the finger reader will capture the reflection between the AMOLED pixels. Godfrey let us play with the phone and, honestly, it works like a magic.

The new technology costs more in the making, and hence, it will be available first in the premium phones, and then make its way to lower end budgeted phone.

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. Cheers to a new beginning.


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