Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

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

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

"Meanwhile, in-display fingerprint sensors are expected to make breakthrough this year, and vendors like Samsung, LG, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei are likely to embed this technology, bringing the global fingerprint sensor penetration rate in smartphones to 60%". Simply place your finger on the icon and the phone unlocks.If you wake the phone with the power button, then the display will show a lock screen and will unlock the device straight into your home screen. We can also expect some new flagship phones with under-the-display from other companies in 2018.

The in-display scanner reads the user's fingerprint to unlock the device, without taking up precious screen space.

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You can register your fingerprint the same way you do on a normal smartphone with a regular fingerprint sensor. 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.

"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics said.

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The Chinese firm had announced a year ago that they had developed the "in-display fingerprint scanning" technology for a prototype phone in China.

Talking about the working, the company uses an ultrasonic sensor underneath the display and follows the principle of piezoelectric effects. It took us back to the first time we used a traditional fingerprint scanner on a smartphone, and we are just as impressed this time around. 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.

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We'd recommend both thumbs, so it doesn't matter if you're holding the phone with your right or left hand, and both forefingers, allowing you to easily unlock the phone when it's lying on a surface. The screen would register the fingerprint digit, spinning up a spider web of the blue pattern. It is a CMOS device, created to be placed below an AMOLED screen.

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