What's particularly impressive here is the fact that this isn't just a demonstration of the technology.
Speaking at the event, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said, "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". So far, manufacturers have moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of their full-screen smartphones, a solution that hasn't been too popular with people. Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, has already announced the launch of the first-ever fingerprint scanner that is built into the display of the smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is now going on in Las Vegas till 12th Jan 2018.
However, maybe you prefer fingerprint sensor over even a state-of-the-art face unlocking like Face ID, and you definitely want it in the front because you need to unlock the phone a billion times a day while it's laying on the desk, and you still want a huge display that takes up almost all the room from the front face of the phone.
The new version of the finger-scanning tech is optical-based and was developed with Synaptics. The only way to unlock the phone is to make the screen active and then click the home button icon for the sensor to activate and detect your fingerprint.
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At CES here, a Chinese vendor is showing off a smartphone built with a fingerprint reader that's hidden behind the display.
Well, Chinese manufacturers showed a prototype of an in-screen fingerprint sensor even before the iPhone was out, but it was slow and not really where it needed to be to hit the markets. (I also had success with a colleague's finger.) There's always a bit of the screen on, so you can find the right spot.
The actual phone that we demoed with vivo is still not finalized. Device manufacturers were left with very little options, one of them being moving the fingerprint sensor towards the back of the phone - a move which received mostly negative reviews. Many big-name technology companies, such as Samsung and Apple, have attempted to protect their consumers by offering various methods in order to lock your phone and ultimately keep your private information safe. That way, you'll be able to place your fingers anywhere to unlock the phone.
For as many times as the fingerprint sensor worked, it failed just as many times.