The world saw its first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone, today at CES 2018, courtesy of Vivo. With this futuristic device, the company promises an unprecedented mobile experience. World’s First Vivo In-display Fingerprint Smartphone is ready for mass production. The users can now unlock their devices just by putting their finger on the smartphone display. This technology is being considered as the future of fingerprint scanning in smartphones. The global consultancy Canalys confirms that almost 22 million full-screen smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter of the last year. The bezel-less displays are predicted to occupy from 20% in 2017 to over 50% of the smartphone market by 2020. The fingerprint recognition technology is in use for quite some time now and it is pretty natural that the fingerprint scanning technology is expected to evolve and fulfill the new user habits and demands of the upcoming user generation.
With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. 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. Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon. - Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo
The latest in-display fingerprint scanning technology in Vivo is supported by global partner Synaptics. It supports various usage scenarios beyond unlocking the smartphone. The best part is that the fingerprint scanning input gets activated only when it is required. A graphical UI, designed exclusively for this purpose will be shown up on the screen of these smartphones when the fingerprint recognition is needed. The users just have to press the 'fingerprint graphic' on the screen with their finger to perform the unlocking. Once the unlocking is done, the fingerprint UI will disappear and will no more disrupt the overall visual experience. This technology solves a lot of issues regarding the positioning of the old fingerprint input method in full-screen smartphones. The fingerprint sensors on the back of smartphones aren't really that convenient operation without sacrificing the sleek and unified design of the smartphone. It also enables quick and secure authentication. Vivo has confirmed that the smartphone is ready for mass-production. The device is expected to be announced in early 2018. Do you use Vivo smartphone? What do you think about this technology? Do let us know in the comments section below.