Vivo Unveils World's First Working In-Display Fingerprint Sensor!

14 January, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • A new phone from Chinese maker Vivo has its fingerprint reader embedded in its screen using a technology from Synaptics

This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint authentication experience in future smartphones.

Vivo has worked in conjunction with Synaptics to make the first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner integrated into its display. When we touch/apply stress on the surface, the ultrasonic signals are exchanged which travel through the OLED screen. The prompt can appear even when the screen is off, and will disappear when it is no longer needed. It has its limitations, where it only work with the phones that use OLED displays as the sensor looks through the spaces between subpixels from under the panel.

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"We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be created to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication", said Seshu Madhavapeddy, Qualcomm Technologies's vice president of product management. However, in the past year or so, smartphone manufacturers have adopted a new type of technology that has made it harder to deploy a fingerprint reader in the phone.

This all-new feature is now present in the pre-production model by Chinese phone maker Vivo. The optical sensor can't physically sense a pulse, but Synaptics told us that it has built in a robust anti-spoofing system to ensure its reader can't be fooled by others trying to imitate your fingerprint.

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Speaking at the event, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said, "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". You can find out more details about this new technology over at Vivo at the link below.

Fingerprint recognition has always been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones.

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Quick charging is also supported to give you hours of power with just minutes of charging (requires Quick Charger UCH12W). The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra have very similar features but there are some big differences between the devices.

You unlock the Vivo phone like any other phone with a front-facing sensor - just tap, and the phone unlocks. Device manufacturers were left with very little options, one of them being moving the fingerprint sensor towards the back of the phone - a move which received mostly negative reviews.

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