And, in confirmation of rumors, the company Vivo announced the world's first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner in the display. That's obviously because the unnamed "full-production" handset shares an overall design language with the OnePlus 5T and OPPO R11s, all three of which technically hail from the same Chinese parent company.
Vivo has launched a smartphone with an in-glass sensor, and tech reviewers like it. Leading with distinct innovative breakthroughs, the in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone offers its consumers an unprecedented mobile experience, defining a new era of mobile interaction.
"Synaptics' Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market", Barber added.
Now, with this latest technology, users can just press the fingerprint graphic on the screen to perform unlocking, payment, and other tasks.
Even then, it was announced that the first smartphone with such a feature will be unveiled at CES 2018.
The Sensor Company Synaptics, which has demoed the Vivo phone in a crowded booth, goes on to inform us that the fingerprint reader will not use a lot of battery.
The Chinese firm had announced past year that they had developed the "in-display fingerprint scanning" technology for a prototype phone in China.
Nonetheless, it's definitely exciting to finally see a smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor become a reality.
This technology will only work for phones that use OLED displays because the sensor looks through the spaces between subpixels from under the panel. The prototype of the Vivo's under-display fingerprint technology includes Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader. Once the phone is unlocked, you won't know the sensor is there. However, the technology is still a few years out.
As for the scanning system's functionality, it's created to prompt the user for a fingerprint scan via a visual cue on the screen whenever authentication is required.
The push to slim down bezels on smartphones has brought us devices with bigger screens in a more manageable footprint, which is great.