Invisible Fingerprint Sensor - (Synaptics/Vivo)
All you need to know about Under-Display fingerprint scanner Technology (Vivo – Synaptics -Qualcomm) I’m actually really excited for this new technology and see it as a major game changer towards the future. This will allow many possibilities we ...
All you need to know about Under-Display fingerprint scanner Technology (Vivo – Synaptics -Qualcomm)
I’m actually really excited for this new technology and see it as a major game changer towards the future. This will allow many possibilities we had always seen in the movies to come to reality. For example, all those scenes where we see someone place his fingerprint on the glass door and is allowed access. That and many more is now possible with this type of chips that can be installed behind the screens. As well as giving phone manufacturers ability to make full screens form the top to the bottom without the need of the fingerprint button in the front or back. It will help make room for other components in the phones whether that’s allowing a bigger battery to be installed or increasing performance in the smartphones.
This was only a prototype from Vivo integrating the technology made possible by Synaptics new chip a company based out of San Jose CA. This is not a final design and will most likely come out in the second quarter of 2018 to select Asian markets.
Now the good thing is that we are finally seeing an actual working prototype and a very well working one at that. Tested by myself with a hands on Vivo phone at CES 2018. But the real question is will they be able to mass produce this ?
We didn’t get a chance to take this outside and do a real life test so until then we don’t know if there’s any impact from screen protectors, water, dust etc. on the display. But Seems exciting for the most part.
Long term I think facial recognition makes the most sense along with scanners on the lock/side buttons. You’d really have to have an always on display to highlight the sensor area and you’d need to see the display to place your finger as there is no specific grooves how a home button or side button might have to know where to place a finger.
I also wonder if this new technology will ever reach the US market, while interviewing Synaptics booth we asked if they have been approached by Samsung and Apple and they confirmed that they are sampling with them. But because smartphone makers OnePlus, Oppo, and Vivo are all owned by the same company I have a good feeling OnePlus will be one of the first companies to bring this new technology to the US market.