Vivo Electronics Corp. is a phone brand based in Dongguan, Guangdong, China. It was founded in 2009.
Vivo has worked in conjunction with Synaptics to make the first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner integrated into its display. The phone was revealed at the ongoing Consumer Electronic Show 2018 at Las Vegas.
The company also demonstrated functioning of the scanner, and unlocking of the device. In-display, also called under-the-display or under-display fingerprint scanner, is a system where the sensor is placed right under the display screen which silently ‘retracts’ once the phone has been unlocked. This is a long awaited feature in smartphones. Companies have failed repeatedly in trying to implement this into their phones the latest one being Apple in their new iPhone X which they later removed the fingerprint totally in favor of Face-ID. This helps in creating the bezel-less displays which phone manufacturers want.
Speaking at the event, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said,
“Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon.”
The biggest advantage of the in-display scanner is that it helps in manufacturing a phone that has an all-screen display and no fingerprint scanners at the back of the phone.
Vivo had announced in December last year that it would be the first company to launch a phone with in-display fingerprint sensor. The OEM achieved this feat by incorporating the sensor technology from Synaptics known as ‘Clear ID’. According to Synaptics, Clear ID technology is faster and more secure than the traditional biometrics and will allow phones to have a true bezel-less displays with edge-to-edge screens.
Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics said,
“Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself,”
“Synaptics’ Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market,” Barber added.
With Vivo announcing this, other companies are sure to follow. So watch out.