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Vivo demos smartphone with integrated Synaptics under-display fingerprint sensor at CES


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo is demonstrating an under-display optical fingerprint sensor provided by Synaptics in its flagship phone at CES 2018, the Verge reports.

The sensor takes longer both to enroll and to verify a fingerprint, according to the Verge, but not excessively so, even compared to the near-instant results of many leading fingerprint scanners, and the user experience was reported to be very satisfactory.

The sensor area is illuminated to guide finger placement when in use, but is otherwise invisible when the device is turned off. Android Central reports that the sensor can be seen under the display when it is carefully looked for with the device turned off, but that it is otherwise invisible.

The Clear ID sensor captures the finger image through the pixels of the OLED display, and Synaptics Vice President of Marketing Godfrey Cheng told Biometric Update in December when the company announced mass production of the sensor that it is also capable of supporting anti-spoof measures.

The Vivo phone is yet to be named, but is reportedly close to an official launch, and Cheng said in December that “infinity display” smartphones with biometric authentication will quickly reach mainstream use.

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