Vivo showcased a phone with an under-display fingerprint sensor in the CES 2018

in-display fingerprint sensor

Last year, we heard a news that Qualcomm was able to uncover the technology to embed a fingerprint sensor behind a display panel and we never saw a working implementation of the technology. However, in CES 2018 Vivo put up a phone featuring an embedded fingerprint sensor under its display panel. Read more to find out.

It is known as the Synaptics Optical Sensor. The mechanics of placing a fingerprint sensor behind an OLED or an LCD panel has been a big problem for companies like Samsung and Apple. But Vivo has managed to clearly put our minds at ease by making it a possibility. They don’t have a name for the handset yet, but the authentication mechanism is called Clear ID.  It works by peering through the gaps of pixels on an OLED display, where it registers the fingerprint and then uses it to authenticate.

The rumour mill has been speculating about this new technology for a long time.

The Clear ID can be used consistently like any other fingerprint scanning mechanism in the already existing OEM handsets, which is for unlocking and mobile payments. Although the feel was that the sensor reacts a bit slower than its other physical counterparts, but then certainly this is a promising step ahead and with time, the technology will improve with faster fingerprint recognition.

Under-display fingerprint sensor by Vivo

We are impatiently waiting for a consumer-ready handset that incorporates the fingerprint sensor under the screen. It does look like a gimmick because you always can place the sensor on the back, but then who doesn’t love a new piece of technology? 

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