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This will be first smartphone manufacturer with inscreen fingerprint sensor

16 December 2017, 05:53 | Francis Delgado

This will be first smartphone manufacturer with inscreen fingerprint sensor

Vivo not Samsung will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner

As the press release made several mentions of a "bezel-free infinity display", some thought it would first appear in a Samsung device, but it will actually be in a Vivo phone. Now it looks like Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will be the first manufacturer that will be able to use the technology for its smartphones.

Synaptics' system is twice as fast as Apple's Face ID, and two to three times less expensive, according to Moorhead. "Synaptics announced it has figured out how to manufacture, in high volume, an integrated fingerprint sensor in the smartphone display that operates in a fast, secure, manner", a report in Forbes said late on Thursday. In order for the technology to work, the finger has to be illuminated, so the scanner can read the reflection on the finger scan. Moreover, it had only replaced its Touch ID with Face ID in the iPhone X. To bring back the Touch ID, although in an advanced form, will require persistent negative feedback of its face-recognition technology from the users. Moorhead said that he expects Vivo will still modify how Clear ID works since a "hold to wake" feature seems more convenient than pressing a physical button. However, Forbes' Patrick Moorhead recently went hands-on with one of the company's test units, and reported the experience was "fast and simple".

The company announced that it is going into full production with what it described as "top five original equipment manufacturers (OEM)".

In-screen fingerprint sensors have been considered as a natural evolution of modern biometric sensors as the smartphone displays this year moved to an edge-to-edge concept.

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As noted in the original article, recent leaks showing the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset suggested Synaptics' tech wouldn't debut in the Galaxy S9.

After months of development, demos, and speculation, the world's first in-screen fingerprint sensor is finally coming to a smartphone you can buy.

As noted earlier, Samsung is also expected to use this technology on its upcoming smartphones. Better yet, it still functions with the same security and dependability as a conventional fingerprint sensor, meaning it can be used not just for unlocking, but payments as well.

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