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Vivo shows first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner at CES

Vivo shows first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner at CES

(It doesn't work in LCDs due to their need for a backlight.) Synaptics said that it's already begun mass production of the Clear ID sensors, and that as many as 70 million units will be made available to OEMs this year.

Fingerprint recognition is well-known biometrics to secure smartphones. However, Vivo has tapped Synaptics for the latest optical scanner, instead of Qualcomm's ultrasonic scanning technology.

The first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor is here.

The Synaptics in-display fingerprint sensor works by peering through the gaps between pixels in an OLED display to scan users' fingers.

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"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", the BBK-owned company explains. The biggest difference is that users can place their finger on the screen to unlock their device, and that the sensor's a little slower to learn and authenticate fingerprints.

Synaptics and Vivo announced that we'd see what's marketed as Clear ID inside a flagship-level device at CES, and that's exactly what happened. Once the unlocking is done, the fingerprint UI will disappear and will no more disrupt the overall visual experience. The attention during our briefing was not on the phone, though, exclusively the barely visible fingerprint reader that sat below the device's display near the bottom chin.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the venue for the big unveiling and so far, those who got the chance to try it hands-on are happy with the experience and walked out of the event feeling excited about the possibilities it paves the way for. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience. Vivo, though, has made real progress. If Vivo ships smartphones with this technology, you can expect other companies such as Xiaomi to follow the same path. We now have close to two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. Out of the top 5, Vivo observed the highest year-over-year growth of 32% in global shipments.


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