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

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Thanks to this new sensor breakthrough, we may be some distance closer to a truly bezel-less smartphone - at least one with a fingerprint scanner on the front. For the most part, it works just like a conventional fingerprint sensor, only you don't actually see the sensor - it's really quite impressive. But as the competition became intense, Synaptics started to actively develop in-display fingerprint sensing technology, says TrendForce.

However, maybe you prefer fingerprint sensor over even a state-of-the-art face unlocking like Face ID, and you definitely want it in the front because you need to unlock the phone a billion times a day while it's laying on the desk, and you still want a huge display that takes up almost all the room from the front face of the phone.

Apart from being cutting edge-technology, the biggest advantage of in-display scanner is it allows a phone to have an "all-screen" display and no awkwardly positioned sensors behind the phone.

Qualcomm says its technology will be the first of such that's commercially available, capable of scanning through either OLED displays or aluminum, and that the company is planning to make its Fingerprint Sensors available to OEMs as early as this month - which means we should expect to see the technology debut in high-end smartphones as early as the first-half of 2018.

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The Vivo smartphone is using an optical sensor from California-based Synaptics. And this time, without thick bezels above and below the screen.

I tried out the sensor on a generic Vivo phone and it worked surprisingly well.

Fingerprint sensors will still be the first choice for most Android phones in 2018, since other biometric authentication methods available for Android phone-makers can not completely replace fingerprint identification yet. All you need to do is press the finger you want to register on the phone screen in the place where the home button would be. But sadly none of the big smartphone manufacturers were able to implement this feature in their flagship phones. Place your finger there, wait for a split second and the phone will unlock with a cool animation taking place.

The Face ID on the new iPhone X is good, but it does fail at times. It is just a bit slower than what you might be used to from a traditional fingerprint scanner, but not much slower. Like right now, when it's freezing in NY and I usually have a scarf covering half my face, and Face ID won't work.

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