CES 2018: Vivo Demonstrates In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology


Vivo has showcased the in-display fingerprint sensor at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas. According to reports, the first smartphone with in-display fingerprint technology will be unveiled on January 10.

Previously, the company had announced a partnership with Synaptics to integrate its own in-display fingerprint mechanism named Clear ID. Moreover, the company also showcased a rough prototype of the in-display fingerprint sensor manufactured by Qualcomm at MWC Shangai 2017.

According to Vivo, the in-display fingerprint sensor is housed between the protected glass and OLED panel. The company had reportedly shown the technique to few early adopters and they claimed the new technology as fast and simple.

During the presentation at the CES 2018, Vivo also released a teaser image punched with the tagline “Unlock the Future“. Industry analysts are of the opinion that the image gives a hint of the arrival of a new smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The reports suggest that the handset will launch on January 10.

Commenting on the development, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President, Vivo disclosed that the showcase of the in-display fingerprint technology is a step in the right direction. Moreover, the technology is a big leap to provide tech-savvy consumers with an awesome mobile experience. The company is excited to provide the new technology for the emerging customers.

The in-display fingerprint sensor is developed for OLED display panels with thin bezels with 18:9 aspect ratio and above devices. The Clear ID manufactured by Synaptics is to replace the currently available fingerprint sensor. The new technology will be capable of detecting fingerprints up to 1.5mm thick with a screen protector. You just need to tap on the display instead of using exclusive fingerprint sensor located on the physical home button and the rear.

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To begin with, the new Vivo smartphone with fingerprint sensor on the display will be made available in China followed by other markets. We can expect the release in India by the end of Q2 2018. According to Synaptics estimates, nearly 70 million units of in-display fingerprint sensors will be available for various manufacturers in 2018. If Vivo ships smartphones with this technology, you can expect other companies such as Xiaomi to follow the same path.

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