Vivo's on-display fingerprint scanner works great

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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.

The technology is production-ready, according to Synaptics, which said it's been talking to vendors across the smartphone industry.

Though Apple is all but certain to adopt an under-the-glass Touch ID solution on its high-end iPhone 8, a report which surfaced roughly two weeks ago insisted that Cupertino's crown jewel wouldn't be the first smartphone to ship with a display-embedded fingerprint scanner.

Nearly immediately following Vivo's announcement, Qualcomm followed up by issuing its own press release announcing that its under-the-glass fingerprint scanning technology is now in development. As a result, a large number of middle- and low-end smartphones will continue to use traditional capacitive fingerprint sensing that costs less. UBI Research predicted that bezel-less displays will grow in market share from 20% in 2017 to over 50% by 2020. A graphical UI will show up on Vivo's smartphone screen in any scenario that fingerprint recognition is required, such as when the screen is off, during software unlocking, or even mobile payment authentication.

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"In Vivo's R&D plan, fingerprint scanning will not be carried out by an independent button or region". But sadly none of the big smartphone manufacturers were able to implement this feature in their flagship phones. The chip itself is tiny, so Vivo puts a visual cue to where exactly you have to press in order to unlock the phone. That if true will no doubt make for an exciting proposition.

At CES, a big tech component maker showed the first phone to try something new: putting it inside the screen. The prototype of the Vivo's under-display fingerprint technology includes Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader.

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. The active engagements of these companies indicate in-display fingerprint sensing will bring about a new trend for smartphones.

The Vivo smartphone is using an optical sensor from California-based Synaptics. The availability of Vivo's first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018.

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