Speaking at the event, Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said, "Today's showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience".
The in-display scanner reads the user's fingerprint to unlock the device, without taking up precious screen space. A graphical UI will show up on Vivo's smartphone screen in any scenario that fingerprint recognition is required, such as when the screen is off, during software unlocking, or even mobile payment authentication.
In-display fingerprint scanner was long awaited by smartphone fraternities since the advent of bezel-less displays.
Setting up the fingerprint reader is also easy. The whole setup process took about a minute, and the phone read my fingerprint easily.
It's been nearly a year since we wanted the under-the-display on our phones.
We're talking less than a second, so you're not left waiting around, but for those used to rapid fingerprint unlocks you're likely to notice the slight delay here. For the most part, it works just like a conventional fingerprint sensor, only you don't actually see the sensor - it's really quite impressive.
We were able to register our fingerprint in around 30 seconds, and you can register multiple fingers.
The market research firm says in addition to Korean brands Samsung and LG, which make their own AMOLED panels, Chinese smartphone brands such as OPPO, Vivo, Meizu, Gionee, Xiaomi and Huawei will have a chance to embed an in-display fingerprint sensor for AMOLED panels in their new models to release in 2018.
Pricing is also now unknown, but the likelihood is that this will be an expensive handset. However, the technology is still a few years out. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience. Last month, though, Synaptics, the company behind many of your laptop's trackpads and other input devices, unveiled an in-screen fingerprint sensor called the Clear ID (pictured).
While it's technically possible to have a full-screen fingerprint scanner right now, it would be too expensive to put into a smartphone in 2018.