Chinese technology manufacturer Vivo showed off a smartphone concept made together with Synaptics, at CES 2018. During MWC Shanghai 2017, Vivo revealed their new technology that allows them to embed a fingerprint scanner underneath the display, and now they unveiled an almost-complete phone with that technology at CES. This means that smartphones can have the scanner on the front and still maintain a bezel-less design.
The sensor in the prototype can transmit the ultrasonic signals between the fingerprint and the sensor despite the fact that there was glass between them. This is possible because the sensor uses an optical signal to detect fingerprints through the screen. There’s even a blue icon, where you’re supposed to put your finger, which bright up your fingerprint enough for the sensor to see it. This only works with OLED displays since LCD displays aren’t transparent enough to let the sensor see through the glass. That, obviously, means that all phones won’t support this technology.
People who have been lucky enough to try out this fingerprint reader at the event claim that it works well although it’s a little slower than usual. However, the speed wasn’t so slow it was a big deal breaker. This is not surprising if we keep in mind that this technology is very new and will be improved in the future.
The concept phone is not complete yet and it doesn’t even have a name at the moment, but we still expect it to come the first half of this year. The device will likely be launched in China first since that’s the company’s home country.
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