Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Vivo Showcases Its In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone at CES 2018

Vivo Showcases Its In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone at CES 2018

In a statement Vivo said the fingerprint scanning technology showcased at CES was a "whole new mobile experience".

At CES 2018, smartphone maker Vivo unveiled the world's first smartphone with in-display fingerprint scanner.

"The Clear ID experience was fast and simple", McDonald said in an opinion piece. While rear-mounted fingerprint scanners are all well and good, there are people who just like it on the front of the smartphone.

Vivo being the first OEM to implement this technology isn't surprising, of course.

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So how does it work? These fingerprint sensors can be embedded inside the display and will be scratch-proof as well waterproof. It's located at the bottom portion of the smartphone. Moving the fingerprint sensor to inside the display is expected to accelerate the trend for full-screen phones with ever-thinner bezels. The company has teased a phone with minimal bezels and an under-display fingerprint sensor. The technology basically looks past all the pixels in the OLED display to scan the prints on the user's finger.

It then runs through an AI processor that's trained to recognize 300 different characteristics of your digit, like how close the ridges of your fingers are.

Alex Feng, Senior VP at vivo, said in a press release the solution is solving the industrys challenge of providing a more convenient authentication experience. It is also worth mentioning that a fingerprint scanner cannot offer the same level of security of a well-made 3D facial recognition technology or iris scanner, which can recognize more unique elements in the face of the user. It also enables quick and secure authentication. The feature was widely expected to arrive in Samsung Galaxy S flagship smartphones a year ago. Unfortunately, the company ran out of time and chose to place the fingerprint scanner on the back of the handset. Not the best way but it is good for starters and soon when you use the same phone over and over again, it should be much easier for you to find the location of the sensor.

Synaptics is basically the company that is designing the fingerprint scanner that is functional in the smartphone. It seems like the display needs to be active in order for the fingerprint image to appear, after which it is active.

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