Vivo unveils first smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor at CES

A new phone from Chinese maker Vivo has its fingerprint reader embedded in its screen using a technology from Synaptics

Vivo has worked in conjunction with Synaptics to make the first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner integrated into its display. Under display fingerprint sensor is a technology that has been long expected to arrive as smartphone manufactures bring out edge-to-edge displays.

Interested buyers can expect the fingerprint reader to be featured in Vivo's next phone, which will be announced early this year.

The Vivo smartphone is using an optical sensor from California-based Synaptics.

Thanks to this new sensor breakthrough, we may be some distance closer to a truly bezel-less smartphone - at least one with a fingerprint scanner on the front.

This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry's challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint authentication experience in future smartphones. Then again, it seems likely that you could login another way and re-register your finger to make that stored print the new normal.

Now that CES 2018 has been under way for a few days, the device with the new type of fingerprint sensor has indeed been demoed at the show. Users will then only need to place their fingerprints on top of the icon for authentication.

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This is the first time that any manufacturer has demonstrated the technology, even though the feature has been previously speculated to be included in more popular smartphone brands. Simply place your finger over the icon and press gently.

Until Vivo officially launched the technology, device manufacturers had to find various alternative methods in order to achieve a bezel-less display on the phone. As soon as you press the icon on the screen, it has a Gestures function, which activates the Synaptics optical sensor with a cool tap animation to let you know that you have clicked and now can unlock the phone.

Apart from being cutting edge-technology, the biggest advantage of in-display scanner is it allows a phone to have an "all-screen" display and no awkwardly positioned sensors behind the phone.

All in all, I'm happy to see Vivo's fingerprint innovation because Apple was rumored to be working on the same thing for the iPhone X, but reportedly ditched efforts entirely for Face ID.

Fingerprint recognition has always been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones. Like right now, when it's freezing in NY and I usually have a scarf covering half my face, and Face ID won't work.

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