This feature may give Vivo the 'edge' over Samsung

Muriel Hammond
December 16, 2017

Vivo will be the first smartphone manufacturer to drop a physical fingerprint scanner, normally used to unlock your phone, in favour of one embedded inside the screen.

The company has announced that it has started the mass-production of its in-display optical fingerprint sensors, which from now on will be called Clear ID.

"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", Kevin Barber, senior vice president, and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics said in a statement. "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. This reflects the current trend in Apple, wherein the iPhone X had to drop the fingerprint sensor in order to utilize the full potential of the display. Synaptics, in fact, claims its Clear ID is twice as fast as Apple's Face ID.

Overall, it looks like the Synaptics Clear ID technology is very reliable based on Moorhead's experience.

"In case you are unfamiliar with Vivo, the company is one of the top five smartphone vendors on the planet according to the IDC Q1 2017 Tracker".

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.

Vivo isn't particularly well-known in Western markets, but is popular in India as the fourth-biggest smartphone maker and holds a similar position in China. Vivo also made headlines back in June when it demonstrated an in-display fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm.

Vivo aims to beat both companies to the punch with its new "Clear ID" fingerprint scanner.

Moorhead states that enabling in-display fingerprint sensors on smartphones so far has been a manufacturability issue. Meanwhile, Vivo hasn't given out any details on which of its new upcoming smartphones will use the technology. When you pick up the phone, a fingerprint image will appear at the bottom of the screen and disappear after using it.

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