Forbes reveals OEM using Synaptics' in-display sensor

It was only a few days ago that Synaptics debuted its latest fingerprint sensor, the Clear ID FS9500. Now it looks like Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will be the first manufacturer that will be able to use the technology for its smartphones. It would also ease the makers for bringing inaccessible fingerprint sensors. It now transpires that it is Vivo, which is working with Synaptics on the project and the idea is to release all its new phones in 2018 with this fingerprint sensor technology and chucking the rear mounted one.

Moorhead states that enabling in-display fingerprint sensors on smartphones so far has been a manufacturability issue.

With this implementation, it should also save you battery since the sensor will only be active when it aluminates on your screen.

Samsung has been hard at work to implement an in-screen fingerprint sensor on its high-end flagship phones. The Clear ID experience was "fast and simple", says Moorhead. Well, we don't have to wait for next month's CES to find out who that top 5 OEM is, as we now know it is Vivo that will showcase the under-display technology, with Forbes going hands-on with a pre-production unit with Clear ID onboard.

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Embedding fingerprint sensors in displays has proven tricky and was why the Apple iPhone X lacked Touch ID in its OLED display. Users will simply have to wake the phone by pressing the right side button and place their finger where an illuminated fingerprint is shown at the bottom portion of the display.

Synaptics calls its solution Clear ID, and Vivo has been a prominent public advocate for in-screen fingerprint recognition dating back to the summer when the phone maker previewed the technology. This CMOS image sensor will work in virtually all conditions - cold or hot weather, completely dark rooms, with wet hands, etc. Synaptics claims that Clear ID is twice as fast as Apple's Face ID and both more convenient and reliable.

Apple reportedly tried to put the feature into its $999/£999 iPhone X but didn't have the tech ready in time. According to IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, Samsung had 23.3 per cent market share in first quarter of 2017, while vivo grabbed the fifth position with 5.5 per cent total share.

  • Desiree Holland