There's a new home for your phone's fingerprint scanner: inside the screen

The company recognised it as the first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone at CES 2018

Rather, according to that report, which cited comments from a "reputable tech researcher" made on Chinese social media, it will be Vivo (makers of high-end Android smartphones like the Xplay6) who'll be first to publicly demonstrate and lay out plans for implementing the technology.

The new version of the in-display fingerprint scanning technology developed by Vivo, along with Qualcomm is an optic-based technology which was developed with Synaptics.

The smartphone with the Vivo In Display Fingerprint Scanning technology can be unlocked by placing your finger on a specific part of the display.

"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. The OLED display illuminates the fingerprint, the sensor scans it and sends it back to the phone's processor (or host or application processor, depending on your preferred term) to be matched. When waking up the phone, a blue fingerprint icon will show up where youre supposed to place your finger.

Last year, Synaptics announced its new in-display fingerprint scanning technology, with Vivo being its first customer.

There's a new home for your phone's fingerprint scanner: inside the screen
There's a new home for your phone's fingerprint scanner: inside the screen

You can register your fingerprint the same way you do on a normal smartphone with a regular fingerprint sensor.

Well, Chinese manufacturers showed a prototype of an in-screen fingerprint sensor even before the iPhone was out, but it was slow and not really where it needed to be to hit the markets.

The actual phone that we demoed with vivo is still not finalized. (I also had success with a colleague's finger.) There's always a bit of the screen on, so you can find the right spot. Last month, though, Synaptics, the company behind many of your laptop's trackpads and other input devices, unveiled an in-screen fingerprint sensor called the Clear ID (pictured). The whole setup process took about a minute, and the phone read my fingerprint easily. Now smartphone manufacturers can use a fingerprint sensor on the front of the phone, without compromising on the thin bezels or the size of the phone.

LAS VEGAS - As smartphones go all-screen, one design problem has bedeviled everyone from Samsung to Apple: Where to put the fingerprint scanner?

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