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Vivo Showcases Its In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone at CES 2018

Vivo Showcases Its In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone at CES 2018

Vivo on Tuesday showcased the world's first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The company has already showcased the device at the ongoing CES and has become the first smartphone manufacturer to implement the tech. It showcased a concept phone at last year's CES with an under display fingerprint sensor provided by Qualcomm.

The Synaptics in-display fingerprint sensor works by peering through the gaps between pixels in an OLED display to scan users' fingers.

From what Synaptics has revealed, the new in-display fingerprint scanner that will be present on the Vivo phone will provide the same level of security as traditional fingerprint readers found on the actual smartphones in the market.

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The mechanics of setting up your fingerprint on the phone and then using it to unlock the device and do things like authenticate payments are the same as with a traditional fingerprint sensor. The company has been toying with in-screen fingerprint sensors for a while now. These displays are typically edge-to-edge with a wide 18:9 aspect ratio. Apple's iPhone X also has no side bezels. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the fingerprint user interface will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience.

It's early days for in-display fingerprint sensors, but we remain cautiously optimistic about their potential to replace conventional fingerprint scanners. According to a press statement from the company, this smartphone with the new fingerprint scanner technology is "ready-to-produce". Vivo claims that the 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.

CES 2018 has not been about smartphones much this time around, but that isn't stopping Vivo from making its presence felt.


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