Vivo brought something very special to CES 2018 that was somewhat overlooked by other announcements. The company displayed a smartphone of its own with a beneath display fingerprint reader, the first for any smartphone.
We’ve been hearing about fingerprint scanners and when we’d see them make way to under our glass phone screens. Vivo of all companies has the first phone with the technology working, and showcased it to the media at its booth during this week’s show. Now that we know it’s possible, and works as it should, we expect the technology to make way to a plethora of Android devices including the Galaxy Note 9 later this year.
We’ve been anticipating this for a long time, not having to waste space for a dedicated scanner button. But placing a readable scanner below glass was no easy task for Vivo and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s still in somewhat of a concept form right now, but when Vivo enters mass production later this year, it’ll be out for the masses. There are a few drawbacks, however, one being that the display type used must be an OLED panel. Vivo learned that this pixel arrangement is the only way that a reader will be able to capture and verify images of your fingertip through glass. In other words, only manufacturers looking to make high-end phones that typically have an OLED panel, will have this option.
Vivo will make a limited number of these at first, and they can be placed inside other phones. This of course means that anybody will be able to buy them from Vivo if unable to come up with one of their own.
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