Vivo smartphone beats Apple and Samsung to the punch with new tech

Laverne Mann
December 18, 2017

What's more, the in-display fingerprint sensor will only get activated when it's needed in an effort to preserve battery life. Vivo might not be a known name in Western countries but it has emerged as a top-notch brand with quality phones in Asia. The company also allayed the doubts on the mass availability of its sensors, which was cited as an issue for it not becoming very popular so far. Moorhead said that he was able to try out the in-display fingerprint scanner using a pre-production smartphone unit from Vivo.

The Clear ID SF9500 sensor itself measures just 0.69mm in thickness and does not make smartphones significantly thicker. It's not clear why Vivo made a decision to use Synaptics's Clear ID, but it was said that Qualcomm's in-display fingerprint scanner was slow. Moorhead said that he expects Vivo will still modify how Clear ID works since a "hold to wake" feature seems more convenient than pressing a physical button. Now analyst Patrick Moorhead, in a Forbes article has revealed that we'll first see under-display fingerprint reader on vivo smartphones. Users will simply have to wake the phone by pressing the right side button and place their finger where an illuminated fingerprint is shown at the bottom portion of the display.

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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 claims that their fingerprint scanner is twice as fast as the iPhone Face ID recognition system. It is unclear whether Vivo would now continue to work with Qualcomm since Synaptics Clear ID is way simpler and faster.

This is a critical detail, as companies such as OnePlus that have tried to emulate Apple's facial recognition tech without advanced depth-sensing cameras have had to compromise security in favor of convenience. It is unclear whether Vivo will continue its partnership with the San Diego, California-based chipmaker as Synaptics' technology is offering a similar and seemingly faster solution. According to IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, Samsung had 23.3 per cent market share in first quarter of 2017, while vivo grabbed the fifth position with 5.5 per cent total share.

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