During the CES 2018, the unveiling of the second generation of fingerprint scanners for smartphones to world took place. This first in-display fingerprint scanner was demonstrated, and that was done by a company we least expected but now actually a small company though. Not Apple or Samsung or even LG with their display prowess. We talking about Vivo who took the honors. The Chinese brand is one of the top 5 global smartphone makers.
Though rumours says Doogee V will be coming with a huge 6.2 inch display that features full HD resolution incorporated with same tech.
What do we mean by In-display Fingerprint Scanner?
Traditional fingerprint scanners on smartphones work through a physical button that the user places their finger on. An in-display (also known as optical scanners) scanner does away with the physical button entirely and work through glass.
This means that manufacturers can now implement the fingerprint scanner directly on a smartphone screen. Even if the phone has an edge-to-edge (also called FullView or bezel-less) display, the fingerprint scanner does not have to move to the back or to the side.
Thanks to this new, screen-embedded biometric fingerprint sensor, smartphone brands can run away with design ideas as well. The restriction of needing a convenient location for the fingerprint scanner is removed.
How Does The In-display Fingerprint Scanner Work?
This new technology uses OLED displays and has the in-display fingerprint sensor located between the mainboard and the OLED panel. It remains invisible to the eye until needed. In any situation where your fingerprint is required, the spot will glow (manufacturers can get really creative here), so you can place your finger on it. Once the scanning is done, it fades away again till you need it.
Yes; this is really cool futuristic initiative. And you thought fingerprint scanners were already cool.
Synaptics affirms that optical fingerprint scanners are just as effective, fast and secure as traditional button-based scanners.
After the demonstration of the first in-display fingerprint scanner on a smartphone at CES 2018, Vivo has said that the phone is ready and will hit the market in early 2018. Which is anytime from now. It cannot arrive soon enough.
Of course, with this announcement, be expecting other brands to jump to this latest technology with their devices. What do you think?