Vivo unveils first in-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

Vivo unveils first in-display fingerprint smartphone at CES 2018

The company showcased the world's first smartphone with a Clear ID sensor, and said that it'll ship production models in the first half of 2018. Rumor mills were earlier speculating an under the screen fingerprint sensor for the iPhone X. As we all know the iPhone X got a Face ID feature and ditched the Fingerprint Sensor (TouchID) altogether. By launching the next smartphone in CES, Vivo becomes the first brand ever to launch a consumer smartphone with fingerprint scanner beneath the display panel.

The phone uses an optical fingerprint sensor from Synaptics.

Synaptics has first revealed this technology in December 2017 and the news had sparked speculation as to which smartphones would sport this particular technology.

The race to implementing an under-display fingerprint sensor is close to its end, and it looks like Vivo will come out on top after all. Those of you who were hoping to place a finger on the display even when the display is turned off in order to activate the in-display fingerprint scanner, well, it seems like that is not an option, at least not yet. Whereas others, just trans-locate the fingerprint scanner to the back, either beside the primary camera or below it, either way there are more chances of users accidently touching the lens-cover and leave sweaty smudges on it, resulting in distorted images. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the fingerprint user interface will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience.

The Chinese smartphone maker showcased the latest technology at CES 2018. According to a press statement from the company, this smartphone with the new fingerprint scanner technology is "ready-to-produce". As the industry steadily moves into a new era of full-screen displays, vivo can now take advantage of it with the in-display fingerprint technology, without sacrificing the user experience.

"Today's showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone with an optical fingerprint sensor is a step forward in bringing consumers this futuristic mobile experience".