This feature may give Vivo the 'edge' over Samsung


Synaptics also announced the ClearView R66455 and R66451, which are new additions to its OLED display driver IC (DDIC) portfolio. Though Synaptics did not reveal the name of the company which will first bring the feature on its smartphones, it hinted that the OEM is among the top five globally. A lot of people speculated that Samsung is going to be that brand because it faced a lot of heat a year ago for the awkward placement of fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. With rumors suggesting that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 will keep the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone and Apple unlikely to roll out an iPhone X successor until the fall, Vivo seems like it will beat other smartphone makers to the punch with a sensor embedded right into the phone's screen.

Moorhead states that enabling in-display fingerprint sensors on smartphones so far has been a manufacturability issue. When you need it, you should see a fingerprint icon on the lower end of the screen, just about the same place it appears on phones with bezels. The Clear ID experience was "fast and simple", says Moorhead.

According to a Forbes report, Vivo will be the first to use the new Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprint sensor. In order for the technology to work, the finger has to be illuminated, so the scanner can read the reflection on the finger scan.

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From the smartphone makers' point of view, it would solve a few problems for them, since the new normal of the infinity or full screen display becomes easier to provision on the front of their devices and the general sense is that the location of the fingerprint sensor in the rear panel was not quite a comfortable location for it.

With this implementation, it should also save you battery since the sensor will only be active when it aluminates on your screen. Synaptics claims that its technology is faster than the 3-D face recognition technology introduced by Apple recently.

An article written by Patrick Moorhead for Forbes explains what it's like to use the reader. Apple, in particular, was highly rumoured to implement the technology for its anniversary special iPhone X but the company went ahead with FaceID, which uses 3D facial mapping for biometric authentication. It is unclear whether Vivo will continue its partnership with the San Diego, California-based chipmaker as Synaptics' technology is offering a similar and seemingly faster solution.