Vivo is showing off a working in-screen fingerprint scanner prototype, courtesy of new Qualcomm tech


We were wrong – Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo won't, in fact, be the first to put out a device with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, though it most certainly is the first to openly display a prototype. At this year's MWC Shanghai, which taking place right now, the company showed off the first implementation of Qualcomm's just-announced in-screen ultrasonic scanner technology.

Vivo demonstrated the new tech with a couple of prototypes, one based on the current Xplay6 (seen above) with the scanner embedded under the screen, and another with it behind a metal-backed phone's shell. Engadget got to play with the prototypes, and according to their report the tech works pretty well, though with some significant speed problems.

But while Vivo is the first to put out a functional prototype, there's no guarantee we'll be seeing a phone using the technology any time soon: Qualcomm's announcement clearly states that the technology to embed a fingerprint scanner into displays will only start being sent out to manufacturers for evaluation in Q4 of this year. So this would give plenty of time to competitors such as, say, Apple, to release their own devices on the market first (if they work out the kinks, that is).

Until an actual, consumer-ready phone using the tech is available on the market, though, you can always sate your appetite with the following concept video, again made by Vivo, which shows off what such a device could look like:


source: Vivo via Engadget

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18 Comments

1. NoAllegiance unregistered

It's Apple, of course they will! Won't be surprise if they make the entire display a fingerprint sensor.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Well, u cant put it past apple, can you? By the time the android world will be getting a hang of this by next year (9 months time earliest), apple would be onto the next big thing already. Exciting times ahead for apple.

6. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Really haven't you read the news . Apples patents for fingerprint scanner on power button .Well Mr fanboy If iphone 8 will come with a fps on power button then you will need a mask to hide your face and everyone knows apple has lost its crown for being the most innovative company and this year it will not innovate but it will follow the bezeless trend set by a Chinese company .

7. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

"and everyone knows apple has lost its crown for being the most innovative company and this year it will not innovate but it will follow the bezeless trend set by a Chinese company ." I thought you were "antifanboyism"?

9. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Yes I am .But apple fanboys are always living in their dream world .They have only one thing to say Iphones are great and rest of the world is bulls**t .Apple innovate rest of the world follows or borrows apples tech like beggars .And seriously I am watching Bankz for weeks he is fighting with other phonearena users like school kids fighting for nonsense.

8. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lmfao. yeah... android phones are behind apple phones when it comes to new tech, and not the other way around... thanks for the iris scanners, wireless charging, and hi res amoled screens, apple!

13. Darckent

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Lol don't forget the dual cameras, waterproofing,SD card slots,USB otg, Bluetooth transfer... Thanks for all that apple

10. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It'll be about time, after pulling up the rear the past several years.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It isn't going to happen, if it was going into the iPhone, the scanner tech or some other component would already have been leaked. They can't use the QC version because they are having a nice lawsuit issue with them. Fanboys have been claiming that Apple will release a "completely" revolutionary phone for 5 years now, nothing is going to happen once again.

2. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Everything should be decent but the software.

4. LGV20

Posts: 21; Member since: May 22, 2017

I'm guessing Samsung might surprise us with an embedded FPS on Note 8 soon...

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Samsung is well capable of surprising us with that, brah. ^^

11. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Wow. I knew that isheep were delusional but this is seriously alarming. They should get psych evaluations if they seriously believe the crap they are spewing....

14. noldypinontoan

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

IPHONE IS STILL THE BEST SMARTPHONE IN THE WORLD BECAUSE IPHONE NO HAVE FAST CHARGING, DISPLAY STILL 1080p, NO DUAL SIM AND THE CHEAPEST SMARTPHONE

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

shhh... calm down, take a deep breath, and relax...

15. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

iPhones are faster only launching games everyday app every single flagship games is faster

16. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The OnePlus 5 just beat the iPhone 7 Plus even with launching games.

18. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Even the xz premium beat it.

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