Vivo has been toying with in-screen fingerprint sensors for a while now had announced in December that it would be the first company to bring out a smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor. Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has already announced the launch of the first-ever fingerprint scanner that is built into the display of the smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is now going on in Las Vegas till 12th Jan 2018.
As for the smartphone, Vivo has said that the smartphone is ready for production. The prompt can appear even when the screen is off, and will disappear when it is no longer needed.
The in-display fingerprint sensor will solve the industry's challenge of providing high screen-to-body ratio with the positioning of the fingerprint scanner.More news: The Shape of Water leads race for British Academy Awards
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. However, in the past year or so, smartphone manufacturers have adopted a new type of technology that has made it harder to deploy a fingerprint reader in the phone. The near-final design uses an optical signal so the sensor can see right through the display. "We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones", said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. The optical sensor can't physically sense a pulse, but Synaptics told us that it has built in a robust anti-spoofing system to ensure its reader can't be fooled by others trying to imitate your fingerprint.
The best thing about this implementation of a fingerprint scanner is that it looks practically invisible.
Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology outperforms other authentication solutions available for full-screen smartphones in many aspects. Place your finger there, wait for a split second and the phone will unlock with a cool animation taking place. Now smartphone manufacturers can use a fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, without compromising on the thin bezels or the size of the phone.