Vivo Launches First In - Screen Fingerprint Scanner

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After all, that's where most phone makers introduce their latest and greatest smartphones yet - the flawless event for vivo to introduce the new technology on its new smartphone.

Vivo's been working on putting a fingerprint sensor underneath the screen for the last couple of years, and now it's finally made one that's ready for production.

"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.

Like many other smartphones, the fingerprint scanner is always waiting to detect a fingerprint when screen is off.

Vivo Launches First In - Screen Fingerprint Scanner
Vivo Launches First In - Screen Fingerprint Scanner

Talking about the working, the company uses an ultrasonic sensor underneath the display and follows the principle of piezoelectric effects. Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has already announced the launch of the first-ever fingerprint scanner that is built into the display of the smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is now going on in Las Vegas till 12th Jan 2018. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience. And this time, without thick bezels above and below the screen. According to The Verge, this new sensor works similar to normal fingerprint reader but it is not very fast.

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. When waking up the phone, a blue fingerprint icon will show up where youre supposed to place your finger. As soon as you press the icon on the screen, it has a Gestures function, which activates the Synaptics optical sensor with a cool tap animation to let you know that you have clicked and now can unlock the phone. Once you place it down, this icon will shine brighter to illuminate your finger bright enough for the sensor to see.

For as many times as the fingerprint sensor worked, it failed just as many times. Apart from placing it under the display, it can be embedded behind the rear panel too. A fingerprint sensor is more practical.

That's why I was curious to try out the new Clear ID tech that maker Synpatics has been demonstrating at CES.

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