The company said that it will announce the availability of its first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner in early 2018, though a date was not specified.
Back in June past year, at MWC Shanghai 2017, chip maker Qualcomm introduced on-screen fingerprint scanner, and later, Chinese smartphone brand Vivo also showed off a prototype smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanning technology. As per Vivo, it is ready for mass production and should be announced in early this year.
The Verge, which was able to go hands-on with the Vivo's in-display fingerprint sensor, reported that the process of setting up a fingerprint and using it unlock the device is the same as with conventional sensors. The company has been toying with in-screen fingerprint sensors for a while now. The phone is also said to sport iPhone X-esque notch on the top.
As the biometric scanner can be fitted under the screen, we can expect a number of smartphones ditching the rear-mounted fingerprint scanners for a more comfortable user experience.
Vivo is now showcasing the next level of this technology at CES 2018.
With in-display fingerprint scanning technology, smartphone manufacturers would no longer have to place the fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone or just ditch it entirely (yes, Apple, we are talking about you). We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo, said in a statement.
The recent fingerprint scanning technology aims to offer users a better and a more convenient way in terms of fingerprint authentication experiences.
CES 2018 has not been about smartphones much this time around, but that isn't stopping Vivo from making its presence felt.