Vivo to Be First Smartphone Maker With Synaptics' In-Display Fingerprint Sensor


While Vivo might not be the first name people think of when it comes to top 5 phone manufacturers, IDC reports that it was behind only Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and OPPO in Q1 2017.

As noted in the original article, recent leaks showing the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset suggested Synaptics' tech wouldn't debut in the Galaxy S9. At the time, it was believed that Synaptics was talking about Samsung.

Chinese smartphone giant, Vivo may trump the likes of Apple and Samsung to come as the world's first phone with in-screen fingerprint reader next year.

We've been waiting a long time for a phone with a fingerprint scanner built into the screen and it looks like Vivo is going to be the first to launch one, and that it will be coming very soon. Moorhead was also able to try out the technology for himself and shared his experience.

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The new sensor from Synaptics is only 0.7mm thick and can recognize fingerprints from underneath an OLED display. Furthermore they seem to be the likely evolution of modern alternative biometric sensors as faster, more convenient, and more secure optical technology options. He had to press the power button to wake up the phone, post which a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the phone. This is clearly setting a path for more smartphones to come with an "all-screen" design that integrates the fingerprint scanner with the display.

Vivo isn't particularly well-known in Western markets, but is popular in India as the fourth-biggest smartphone maker and holds a similar position in China.

While it's quite disappointing we won't be seeing Synaptics' new in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S9, we're certainly curious to see how Vivo's phone will turn out. Synaptics on its part touts the Clear ID FS9500 as a "smart" technology that can detect fingerprints in various lighting conditions, can recognize wet or cold fingers, and detect attempts to spoof fingerprints. Meanwhile, Vivo hasn't given out any details on which of its new upcoming smartphones will use the technology. It uses high-res optical scanning through the display itself.