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Vivo is the OEM That Utilizes Synaptics' Clear ID Fingerprint Reader

16 December 2017, 05:52 | Gretchen Simon

Vivo is the OEM That Utilizes Synaptics' Clear ID Fingerprint Reader

Vivo and not Samsung to launch first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor in 2018

A few days ago, Synaptics announced that it's ready to mass-produce a fingerprint sensor that can be placed under the display of a smartphone, teasing that a top five smartphone maker is going to use the technology later this year.

And while you might have thought that it will be Samsung or some other familiar name to have the new in-screen fingerprint scanner in a flagship phone, it is now clear that the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will actually be Vivo, a Chinese phone maker that most people in the West know nothing about.

As to the technology behind the in-display fingerprint scanner itself, carrying the model name Clear ID FS9500, it is created to work with phones with an 18:9 and 20:9 orientation. This reflects the current trend in Apple, wherein the iPhone X had to drop the fingerprint sensor in order to utilize the full potential of the display. It is worth adding that since the component is said to work on OLED screens, it might as well work on devices such as Galaxy S smartphones, LG G series or the iPhone X. Synaptics, at the time of the launch, said that the Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensor works on wet, dry and cold fingers.

And it sounds like the scanner might work well. The technology that Synaptics has come out with, aka Clear ID, is said to be fast and simple. It is Vivo which was hailed at 5th position by the IDC report. With that, it announced that the mass production is happening for one of the top smartphones manufactures in the world.


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

In-screen fingerprint sensors have been considered as a natural evolution of modern biometric sensors as the smartphone displays this year moved to an edge-to-edge concept. Synaptics' press release made it look like Samsung may be the first company to make use of its technology. Are you looking forward to using in-display fingerprint sensors? Instead, we could see the in-display fingerprint scanner hit a Sammy device in H2 2018, probably the Galaxy Note 9.

Vivo aims to beat both companies to the punch with its new "Clear ID" fingerprint scanner.



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