Vivo will take centre-stage on January 10 at the CES 2018 being held in Las Vegas when the company is likely to announce a smartphone with fingerprint scanner underneath the display screen. Vivo is working with Synaptics, an optical fingerprint sensor maker. By the end of 2017, Synaptics had announced that they are working towards this futuristic technology. However, the smartphone maker has not provided any details about the smartphone. According to an image shared by the company’s official Facebook page, the actual smartphone model will come with the new fingerprint technology. However, it is just a hint.
Synaptics had said that they are working with ‘top five OEMs’ and they have started mass producing the FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensor. The FS9500 fingerprint sensors have the ability to sit underneath the display. Other benefits of the scanner will be that it is scratch-proof and waterproof. With such new technology in place, Vivo will be the first OEM to work with such kind of technology.
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The Synaptics scanner boasts that it will be able to unlock the device under 0.7 seconds, which is much slower than the 0.2 seconds which we have on the current generation devices. However, it is much faster than Face Unlock feature which takes more than a second.
Vivo had earlier announced that they will launch a smartphone with in-screen fingerprint scanner early 2018, and at CES 2018, they might be able to deliver what they had promised. It was back in 2017’s Mobile World Congress when the prototype of such technology was seen.
In a press statement, Vivo’s Vice-President, Alex Feg said, “With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realising our vision for future smartphones.”
In 2017, most of the smartphone manufacturers have eliminated side bezels on their devices. Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8, LG G6 and V30+, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2, Apple’s iPhone X and OnePlus’s 5T have very minimum bezels. With the advent of such technology, more room can be created for thinner bezels. With no need of bezel at the bottom of the device, smartphones can now have a more screen-to-body ratio.