Vivo will show off Synaptics' in-display fingerprint scanner at CES 2018

Vivo not Samsung will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner

Earlier this week, Synaptics unveiled the world's first fingerprint scanner that can be embedded in a smartphone's display.

Vivo, a company whose name might not be familiar to you, is actually a top-five smartphone maker thanks to its large presence in Chine.

While it's quite disappointing we won't be seeing Synaptics' new in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S9, we're certainly curious to see how Vivo's phone will turn out. It is worth adding that since the component is said to work on OLED screens, it might as well work on devices such as Galaxy S smartphones, LG G series or the iPhone X. Synaptics, at the time of the launch, said that the Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensor works on wet, dry and cold fingers. In the company's press release, it specifically mentioned that the Clear ID fingerprint scanner is designed for smartphones with "infinity displays", which is also what Samsung calls the displays that are on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8.

Apple's iPhone X left some fans disappointed as a result of the lack of a front fingerprint sensor on the device. In order for it to work, the finger has to be illuminated, so that the fingerprint scanner can read the reflections of the finger scan.

Overall, it looks like the Synaptics Clear ID technology is very reliable based on Moorhead's experience.

Vivo isn't particularly well-known in Western markets, but is popular in India as the fourth-biggest smartphone maker and holds a similar position in China.

Earlier this week, a report was put forward by Synaptics, which is one of the leading companies in the biometric industry, suggesting that in-display fingerprint scanning is coming to phones in 2018.

The Vivo announcement is a surprise for another reason, too: When Qualcomm announced that it had developed pioneering in-display fingerprint sensor technology at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, it showcased the technology in a modified Vivo device.

"In case you are unfamiliar with Vivo, the company is one of the top five smartphone vendors on the planet according to the IDC Q1 2017 Tracker".

The Clear ID SF9500 sensor itself measures just 0.69mm in thickness and does not make smartphones significantly thicker.

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