Vivo has finally taken the veil off the first phone with fingerprint sensor embedded on the display, thus bringing the first trend for this year. While tech giants were said to have been exploring this technology, Vivo took the lead and gave a sneak peak of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor at MWC Shanghai last year.
The Chinese OEM issued a press release announcing the world’s first smartphone with an on-screen fingerprint reader. Vivo didn’t share any details regarding the specifications of the phone but it confirmed the first “ready-to-produce smartphone featuring in-display fingerprint scanning technology” at CES 2018.
Vivo has used Synaptics optical sensor ‘Synaptics Clear ID FS9500’ which has been under works for years. The sensor works when you press a finger on the phone display particularly where the home button is suppose be, the screen registers the digit and then shows a blue circuit shaped pattern.
Synaptics demoed the technology in a 6-inch OLED display Vivo phone and said that the on-screen fingerprint sensor won’t consume much battery while illuminating the blue light pattern. The process of setting up the fingerprint sensor and using it to unlock is similar to that of the traditional fingerprint sensor which is embedded either on the home button or on the rear side of a device.
Apparently, the 6-inch slim-bezel smartphone which was used for showcasing the innovative technology appeared to be somewhat similar to the OnePlus 5T. However, CNET notes that since the new technology is expensive it will be first made available in premium smartphones. It will make its way into mid-range devices a little later. Whatever the case may be, what now remains to be seen is which fortunate unit from Vivo’s shelf will integrate the onscreen fingerprint technology. The availability of the new Vivo in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone is slated for early 2018.