10, Jan 2018

World's first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone unveiled

Vivo made history by being the producer of the world's first-ever smartphone with an under-display fingerprint scanner. The much-awaited device showed up today at the ongoing CES 2018 event in Las Vegas.

Yesterday, we reported that the world's first-ever smartphone with an under-display fingerprint scanner is bound to arrive today at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 in Las Vegas. Now, we're back to give an account of the January 10 event.

Vivo has already taken the wraps off the much-awaited in-display fingerprint scanning phone. However, the announcement did not include information regarding its specs and design, even withholding details about its naming scheme. At the least, we know that the device has been geared up for mass production and will start hitting the market shelves soon.

In fact, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President at Vivo stated in a press release, "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."

Regarding the in-display biometric sensor, it is only compatible with OLED displays but still works even if there's an additional screen protector on top. Here's how it works. Whenever a person comes in contact with the touchscreen, the OLED panel illuminates the fingerprint and processes the biometric information to figure out whether to unlock the phone or not. It promises the same level of security provided by the traditional fingerprint sensors embedded in physical home buttons.

There still a lot to learn about under-display fingerprint scanner like whether or not it can actually live up to its hype and if it can really be used conveniently on a day to day basis. Luckily, it seems that we won't have to wait long before we get to see the production model bearing the said technology.