Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Vivo Likely To Beat Samsung, Apple To Introduce Display Integrated Fingerprint Sensor

Vivo Likely To Beat Samsung, Apple To Introduce Display Integrated Fingerprint Sensor

It was only a few days ago that Synaptics debuted its latest fingerprint sensor, the Clear ID FS9500. Vivo might not be a known name in Western countries but it has emerged as a top-notch brand with quality phones in Asia.

Vivo is said to use a 0.7 mm CMOS image sensor underneath OLED display to read fingerprint.

It is very intriguing as efforts were being made since very long to integrate the fingerprint sensor into the display and no one had ever imagined that Vivo will be the first to introduce the technology.

With this implementation, it should also save you battery since the sensor will only be active when it aluminates on your screen. The lack of a front fingerprint sensor is due to the full-screen design the device packs.

However, Forbes learned from analyst Patrick Moorhead that Synaptics is shipping Clear ID to Chinese phone maker Vivo.

While this is slightly different from how we unlock our phones now, Moorhead expects Vivo to improve the experience by only requiring users to lift to wake the device, so at that point, they can just place their finger on the glass to unlock it, without the need to press any other buttons.

Synaptics' system is twice as fast as Apple's Face ID, and two to three times less expensive, according to Moorhead.

Previously Apple was slated to add the technology to their $999 iPhone X. However, the Cupertino giant instead opted for the Face ID since the technology was unavailable then. It is unclear whether Vivo would now continue to work with Qualcomm since Synaptics Clear ID is way simpler and faster. In an article for Forbes, Moorhead confirmed Vivo would be first to use the tech.

With smartphones now opting for in-display sensors, it would let manufacturers bring more full-screen smartphones. 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.

A OnePlus 6 featuring Clear ID could make the second-half of 2018 even more interesting.

Vivo isn't particularly well-known in Western markets, but is popular in India as the fourth-biggest smartphone maker and holds a similar position in China.

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