Synaptics will provide in-display fingerprint sensors for Vivo smartphones

Vivo will bake fingerprint sensors right into its phone displays

While the announcement didn't specify the name of the company, many assumed Samsung's Galaxy S9 will be the first smartphone to offer an in-display fingerprint authentication system. However, after Moorhead's tweet, it may also prove to be Vivo as it is also one of the top 5 smartphone manufacturers.

Despite missing out on the chance to be the first company to adopt this technology, Samsung is also expected to join the party with a device of its own that is based on the in-display fingerprint scanning technology.

That's according to analyst Patrick Moorhead, who wrote in Forbes about his experiences testing a pre-production phone with the new tech from Vivo.

In terms of the security, Moorhead has also clarified that Synaptics has built-in a separate encryption module to the Clear ID sensor while also allowing the hardware to interact with the phone's processor for authenticating the fingerprint. When you need it, you should see a fingerprint icon on the lower end of the screen, just about the same place it appears on phones with bezels. Synaptics claims that its technology is faster than the 3-D face recognition technology introduced by Apple recently.

Apple's iPhone X left some fans disappointed as a result of the lack of a front fingerprint sensor on the device. The phone will come from Vivo who, while isn't entirely popular in the United States, will likely make its name known across the industry as the first to embed a fingerprint reader in a display.


While this is slightly different from how we unlock our phones now, Moorhead expects Vivo to improve the experience by only requiring users to lift to wake the device, so at that point, they can just place their finger on the glass to unlock it, without the need to press any other buttons.

2018 certainly looks to be the year of the hidden fingerprint scanner, and I can't help but wonder how Face ID will be viewed once Clear ID is established.

Vivo isn't particularly well-known in Western markets, but is popular in India as the fourth-biggest smartphone maker and holds a similar position in China.

Vivo has been confirmed as the manufacturer of a new smartphone that will launch at CES in January with a fingerprint scanner underneath the OLED display.

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