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Vivo phone may feature in-screen fingerprint sensor in 2018

Vivo smartphones in Kenya Vivo phone may feature in-screen fingerprint sensor in 2018
Kayla Schwartz | 15 December, 2017, 15:36

A recent report suggested that a top-five smartphone manufacturer is already testing the sensor, and we hoped it would be Samsung, but it isn't. At the time, it was believed that Synaptics was talking about Samsung.

Chinese smartphone giant, Vivo may trump the likes of Apple and Samsung to come as the world's first phone with in-screen fingerprint reader next year.

Apple is said to have made a virtue out of a necessity with its iPhone X - creating the notorious "Notch" to house a sophisticated facial-recognition system, Face ID. He remarked that it was "impressive" and that it was "fast and simple". He had to press the power button to wake up the phone, post which a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the phone.

Earlier this week, Synaptics announced that the in-display fingerprint sensor it had spent the whole of 2017 perfecting was now being mass produced. When a user touches the OLED screen that is embedded with Clear ID, the sensor scans the fingerprint and sends the information to the processor of the phone for verifying the match.

"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", said Synaptics' Kevin Barber. The integrated fingerprint scanner will operate in a fast and secure manner.

Two Reuters Journalists Arrested in Burma, Facing Charges
About 630,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has called "ethnic cleansing". The aid agency's death toll far surpasses estimates from Myanmar's government, which has put the figure in the hundreds.

As for Vivo, the brand isn't too popular in the west, but it's one of the biggest smartphone brands in the world. In fact, the company in question is set to be Vivo if a new Forbes report is to be gone by. The Verge also makes an important point about Vivo being part of BBK Electronics, which also sells phones under the Oppo and OnePlus brands.

Apple, meanwhile, chose to ditch an actual fingerprint scanner altogether with the iPhone X. The iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone to not have Touch ID.

Synaptics says that it plans to ship a total 70 million units of its in-display fingerprint scanner in 2018.

Synaptics' new technology works in a variety of situations, as the company claims the sensors work even with wet, dry or cold fingers.

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