Synaptics: In-display fingerprint sensor to launch in 2018 'tier one' flagship


In case you missed it, Vivo is using Synaptics's newest on-screen fingerprint sensor, which was revealed few days ago.

Vivo will be the first smartphone maker to have Clear ID, and although you might not be familiar with the brand, they're one of the top five smartphone vendors (excelling overseas).

Despite missing out on the chance to be the first company to adopt this technology, Samsung is also expected to join the party with a device of its own that is based on the in-display fingerprint scanning technology.

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Moorhead further stated that in-display fingerprint sensors on smartphones weren't available so far due to manufacturing issues.

There will be an image of a fingerprint that appears on the screen when the phone is woken up, and it will disappear after the fingerprint has been recognized. 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.

Apple's iPhone X left some fans disappointed as a result of the lack of a front fingerprint sensor on the device. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ were supposed to ship with one once upon a time but because the technology needed some more work before going full commando Samsung reportedly ditched the idea and instead went for a fingerprint scanner on the back.

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Vivo will be the first smartphone manufacturer to drop a physical fingerprint scanner, normally used to unlock your phone, in favour of one embedded inside the screen. But Synaptics highlights that as many as 70 million units of in-display sensors will be out on the market in 2018, as the analyst mentioned. The technology that Synaptics has come out with, aka Clear ID, is said to be fast and simple.

This is a critical detail, as companies such as OnePlus that have tried to emulate Apple's facial recognition tech without advanced depth-sensing cameras have had to compromise security in favor of convenience. With Clear ID, Synaptics is looking to offer an even more seamless solution. It is Vivo which was hailed at 5th position by the IDC report.

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