Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Vivo unveils first in-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

Vivo unveils first in-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

"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 company said a “Tier 1” manufacturer would introduce the first phone with the tech at CES 2018. However, Vivo, last year, had teased a video with a "UnderDisplay" fingerprint scanner which is apparently innovative and could save some space for the fingerprint scanner on smartphone body. The phone is ready for mass production and should be announced in “early 2018”.

The mechanics of setting up your fingerprint on the phone and then using it to unlock the device and do things like authenticate payments are the same as with a traditional fingerprint sensor. These displays are typically edge-to-edge with a wide 18:9 aspect ratio. It is notable that in-display fingerprint sensor will surely affect the thickness phone.

At the time when Face recognition technology is replacing the fingerprint sensor, Vivo wants to revolutionize the fingerprint sensor again. Vivo has developed this technology in collaboration with chipset maker Qualcomm.

According to the senior VP at Vivo (Alex Feng), the device will provide a more comfortable authentication experience and it will be officially announced early 2018. This suggests that the in-display fingerprint sensor will be fully functional in the smartphone. In other words, vivo has deliberately solved the industry's challenge of providing a better and convenient security authentication experience for future smartphones. In all likelihood, Vivo will opt for an under display fingerprint sensor for the bottom half of the display.

"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". As we are moving towards smartphones with near bezel-less displays, consumers have been expecting under display fingerprint sensors to become a thing as many are not in favour of rear mounted sensors.

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