We knew that a phone with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen was coming. Semiconductor manufacturer Synaptics and smartphone maker Vivo said as much last year.
At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, things got a bit more real. Vivo has finally showcased a ready-to-produce smartphone that features in-display fingerprint-scanning technology.
That means no physical buttons — just your good ol’ finger pressing on the display to perform certain functions, such as screen unlock and mobile payment. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the user interface will be invisible so as not to disrupt the overall visual experience. Watch.
First Vivo smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor
Tech site Android Central has a more in-depth look at the still-unnamed handset below.
Better look at Vivo’s smartphone with a fingerprint sensor integrated into its display
We’re at that point where phone manufacturers are moving towards a bezel-less future. Consider: 22 million full-screen smartphones were shipped in the second quarter of 2017, up from 700,000 in the previous quarter, according to global-consultancy firm Canalys.
That number will continue to grow. In fact, UBI Research predicts that the market share of devices with borderless screens will jump from 20 percent in 2017 to 50 percent in 2020 — hence, the need for in-display solutions.
The smartphone that Vivo has shown may just be the first of its kind that will hit the market. We’ll know for sure once the Chinese company announces its availability early this year. Excited?
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