Synaptics will provide in-display fingerprint sensors for Vivo smartphones

Synaptics will provide in-display fingerprint sensors for Vivo smartphones

Luckily for those companies, Synaptics has already announced that 2018 is going to be a banner year for in-display fingerprint readers, confirming that the feature has entered mass production for a "top five OEM". Forbes spent time with a pre-production Vivo phone outfitted with the sensor and described it as "fast and simple". It is worth adding that since the component is said to work on OLED screens, it might as well work on devices such as Galaxy S smartphones, LG G series or the iPhone X. Synaptics, at the time of the launch, said that the Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensor works on wet, dry and cold fingers. Moreover, it had only replaced its Touch ID with Face ID in the iPhone X. To bring back the Touch ID, although in an advanced form, will require persistent negative feedback of its face-recognition technology from the users.

While this is slightly different from how we unlock our phones now, Moorhead expects Vivo to improve the experience by only requiring users to lift to wake the device, so at that point, they can just place their finger on the glass to unlock it, without the need to press any other buttons. Synaptics claims that the Clear ID is twice as fast as the 3D facial biometrics.

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.

When smartphone manufacturers moved to infinity-style displays in 2017, virtually removing all bezels around the screen, many expected some to adopt in-display fingerprint scanners.

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.

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We couldn't also omit any of the Chinese manufacturers from the possible list, especially when considering the eagerness shown by the companies in embracing new technologies.

Samsung has been hard at work to implement an in-screen fingerprint sensor on its high-end flagship phones.

The Vivo announcement is a surprise for another reason, too: When Qualcomm announced that it had developed pioneering in-display fingerprint sensor technology at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, it showcased the technology in a modified Vivo device.

Vivo aims to beat both companies to the punch with its new "Clear ID" fingerprint scanner.

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