This Could Be Vivo's In Display Fingerprint Sensor Equipped Smartphone

This Could Be Vivo's In Display Fingerprint Sensor Equipped Smartphone

While the announcement didn't specify the name of the company, many assumed Samsung's Galaxy S9 will be the first smartphone to offer an in-display fingerprint authentication system. Now it looks like Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will be the first manufacturer that will be able to use the technology for its smartphones. The company also allayed the doubts on the mass availability of its sensors, which was cited as an issue for it not becoming very popular so far.

Vivo has been experimenting with phones with in-screen fingerprint sensors for some time now.

The Clear ID SF9500 sensor itself measures just 0.69mm in thickness and does not make smartphones significantly thicker.

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

Apple recently abandoned its fingerprint scanner in favour of Face ID, partly because the new iPhone X has no space for a home button.

In terms of the security, Moorhead has also clarified that Synaptics has built-in a separate encryption module to the Clear ID sensor while also allowing the hardware to interact with the phone's processor for authenticating the fingerprint.

As to the technology behind the in-display fingerprint scanner itself, carrying the model name Clear ID FS9500, it is created to work with phones with an 18:9 and 20:9 orientation. Now we know Vivo will be the first top five OEM that'll have a smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The OLED screen illuminates the fingerprint, and the sensor scans it and sends it back to the processor. According to the company statement, the sensors are twice as fast as 3D facial recognition and require only one touch to access the smartphone.

Apple reportedly tried to put the feature into its $999/£999 iPhone X but didn't have the tech ready in time.

From the smartphone makers' point of view, it would solve a few problems for them, since the new normal of the infinity or full screen display becomes easier to provision on the front of their devices and the general sense is that the location of the fingerprint sensor in the rear panel was not quite a comfortable location for it. Vivo fell one position in Q2 but, thanks to its success in India, is expected to quickly regain a top five position.

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