Forbes spent time with a pre-production Vivo phone outfitted with the sensor and described it as "fast and simple". What's more, the in-display fingerprint sensor will only get activated when it's needed in an effort to preserve battery life.
It was crowned as the 5th most popular smartphone manufacturer in Q1 of 2017, so it wouldn't be a surprise that Synaptics has partnered with Vivo for their inscreen fingerprint scanner.
Vivo will be the first smartphone manufacturer to drop a physical fingerprint scanner, normally used to unlock your phone, in favour of one embedded inside the screen. 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 later said that it never meant to include both fingerprint and 3D face recognition sensors in the iPhone X, signaling the death of fingerprint sensors inside iPhones. In order for the technology to work, the finger has to be illuminated, so the scanner can read the reflection on the finger scan.
Apple, meanwhile, made a decision to ditch an actual fingerprint scanner altogether with the iPhone X. The iPhone X is Apple's first iPhone to not have Touch ID.
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"The new Synaptics Clear ID optical fingerprint sensors deliver one-touch high-resolution scanning through full cover glass and enable sleek, button-free, bezel-free infinity displays", the company said in a statement. Now it looks like Chinese smartphone maker Vivo will be the first manufacturer that will be able to use the technology for its smartphones.
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. The overall experience isn't that much different than current front-facing fingerprint scanners, but it eliminates the need to put them on the back as modern screens are all but taking up the front. Even so, Synaptics is ready to ship 70 million sensor units next year, and it's unlikely that Vivo will buy them all.
For now, neither Vivo nor Synaptics is saying which of Vivo's smartphones will first come with Clear ID.