Hands-on with vivo's in-display fingerprint scanner

A new phone from Chinese maker Vivo has its fingerprint reader embedded in its screen using a technology from Synaptics

Hands-on with vivo's in-display fingerprint scanner

In December the company Synaptics announced the technology integration of a fingerprint scanner in touchscreen display.

"The company emphasized the solution's capability of accommodating full-size displays that take up nearly the entire front face of a mobile device, and the convenience of maintaining a front-facing fingerprint scanning system with respect to the user experience". The imprint will be removed by illuminating the finger with light.

Vivo first showed off its under-screen fingerprint technology back in MWC Shanghai 2017.

The work towards bezel-less display is growing at the fast pace as all the necessary steps are being taken.

China-based vendor, Vivo has made a prototype of a phone that looks like a production-ready version. Godfrey let us play with the phone and, honestly, it works like a magic. However, that sensor wasn't as responsive as Vivo wanted it to be, so they have now teamed up with Synaptics.

It supports various usage scenarios beyond unlocking the smartphone, and is only activated when needed.

Instead, it's Chinese firm Vivo which has beaten the likes of Apple and Samsung to the punch, and we got hands-on with its yet-to-be-named smartphone at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. It is a CMOS device, created to be placed below an AMOLED screen. The fingerprint scanner was not as quick as other smartphones, but it was pretty “average” speed, and we didnt feel that it was slow enough to ruin the user-experience. 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.

Interested buyers can expect the fingerprint reader to be featured in Vivo's next phone, which will be announced early this year.

Full-screen displays are set to deliver a more immersive user experience for consumers as various interactions will be integrated and consolidated on the display.

Looking a little further into the future, we could see multiple optical image sensors built into displays - or even entire displays featuring the technology, which would mean you could place your finger anywhere on the screen and have your fingerprint read.

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