As promised, Synaptics, the leading developer of human interface solutions, demoed the world’s first in-display fingerprint sensor at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 held in Las Vegas on Monday.
The In-display fingerprint sensor technology was much rumoured to be integrated into the high-end smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone 10. However, it’s the Chinese phone maker Vivo that showed off this technology at the CES.
“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,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President, Vivo.
Coming to the fingerprint sensor, it is embedded in the 6-inch OLED display which will illuminate the finger and scans the print when your finger touches the screen. The in-display fingerprint sensor makes the screen with thinner bezels look appealing without the need for a facial recognition system like the one used in iPhone X where the security is compromised when a person has an identical twin or when people have similar features.
Synaptics calls this sensor as clear ID and claims that it will even function with a wet, dry, and cold finger. The security the sensor uses Quantum Matcher, PurePrint anti-spoof technology and SecureLink for a highly secure authentication.
As this technology costs more, it would be first seen in high-end smartphones before it’s price becomes more affordable.
The smartphone is ready for production and it is expected to hit the market in early 2018.