Vivo, not Samsung, will have the first phone with in-screen fingerprint scanner

Synaptics has just recently officially announced the world's first in-screen fingerprint sensor and said that one of the top 5 biggest phone makers globally will embed the new sensor in a phone next year.

And while you might have thought that it will be Samsung or some other familiar name to have the new in-screen fingerprint scanner in a flagship phone, it is now clear that the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor will actually be Vivo, a Chinese phone maker that most people in the West know nothing about. The information comes from Forbes contributor Patrick Moorhead who got to spend some time with a pre-production unit of the Vivo phone.

While we are a bit disappointed that we are not likely to see a Galaxy S9 with an in-screen finger reader, this is good news for China and the Asian market. Vivo is big in China and it's part of the giant BBK Electronics parent company, the same company that also owns Oppo and OnePlus. While you might be most familiar with OnePlus, it is actually the smallest of the three phone makers under BBK ownership.

As to the technology behind the in-display fingerprint scanner itself, carrying the model name Clear ID FS9500, it is designed to work with phones with an 18:9 and 20:9 orientation. These are the new breed of taller, usually "bezel-less" phones.

The new in-screen sensor is a small CMOS device placed below an AMOLED screen. In order for it to work, the finger has to be illuminated, so that the fingerprint scanner can read the reflections of the finger scan. To create this reflection, part of the screen has to light up, and then the finger reader will capture the reflection between the AMOLED pixels. Synaptics says that the fingerprint scanner itself is very frugal, consuming merely 80mA of power. The whole setup also uses the built-in accelerometer in the phone and other sensors to know when to activate the fingerprint reader and light up the appropriate part of the display.

The overall process takes just 0.7 seconds, not quite as fast as the 0.2 seconds that are commonly advertized for traditional fingerprint scanners these days, but still faster than the average of 1.4 seconds it takes to use face recognition.

The Clear ID SF9500 sensor itself measures just 0.69mm in thickness and does not make smartphones significantly thicker. The sensor has to be embedded by the screen manufacturer where display assemblies are made and Synaptics is working on making those partnerships. The company says that the process of embedding the new finger scanner is not very complex, so it does not add much in terms of cost of the final device.

Lastly, let us also remind you that Synaptics' announcement of the world's first in-screen fingerprint scanner is a bit of a blow to Qualcomm. Qualcomm has been working on similar tech for a while now, but has not announced anything officially yet. Synaptics on its part touts the Clear ID FS9500 as a "smart" technology that can detect fingerprints in various lighting conditions, can recognize wet or cold fingers, and detect attempts to spoof fingerprints.

source: Forbes



1. MrShazam

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3. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

To be perfectly honest, I have not used that device yet. I did a quick check-up and it seems that while it has an "in-screen" fingerprint scanner on paper, the actual scanning happens in the bottom bezel below the screen. Would love to hear more from someone who's used it, though.

5. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

In that article, you said it looks like iPhone 8.... I am not sure what were you thinking... From which angle does it looks like an iPhone 8? Aquos S2 has a verticle dual camera module on the back.. The module looks like an iPhone X (Or the iPhone X looks like it as Aquos was released first). The iPhone 8 has huge bezels, Aquos S2 has far less... And yes, that notch...

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

At the time, we were referring to leaks of the upcoming iPhone X as iPhone 8 (the name was not known then).

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7610; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Victor in the article you said Qualcomm has been working on similar tech for a while now. Well this sensors requires light and a reflection back. Where as Qualcomm's tech is using ultrasound in order to generate an image of a user's finger print. It's generating a 3D image of a user's finger print, or in other words it can see your pours as well. So the only similarity is the under the display part, but the tech is completely different between the two. Synaptics is using light and still generating a 2D image of a user's finger print. Where as Qualcomm's is generating a 3D image of a user's finger print.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7610; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That was only a concept, not the actual model

29. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i think sony has the best idea with it being in the side power button its in a location your hands are comfortably and u dont need to put fingerprints on the the display

2. osterrich21

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Since some years till now chinese smartphone industry rules the world. The tendency is more and more presence chinese. They are aggressive and innovative

7. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Aggressive yes. Innovative? Not so much.

18. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Really? Mi Mix was based on Sharp Crystal. Most of the phones are Apple / Galaxy clones. Cars are not good. Dell computers are better than Lenovo's. Contributions from Japan and USA in tech world are much bigger.

24. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

China and other countries are all have their own contributions in technology.. But China is the one that make new technology more affordable for most people in this planet, thanks to their "mass production" capabilities. They push the innovation forward, by producing similar product at much cheaper price. Just look at $100-ish chinese smartphone, that have 1080p screen, 4000mAh battery, 32GB storage, 3GB RAM, and benchmark score that similar with 2 year's old flagship (it's redmi note 3) And their $400-$500 smartphone that's just as good as $700+ flagships from other manufacturer

4. midan

Posts: 3217; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Like i said since this rumour came, Synaptics wanted to mislead people to think it's Samsung and quite many Samsung fans in here surprisingly believed it, i said it will be some mediocre company. Synaptics wanted to make hype with this to make it sound like it's Samsung

9. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Please LG G7 have this under glass finger print sensor, then take some sales from Samsung, Prefer flat screens.

10. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

In-Display FPS is Vivo’s innovation now not Samsung’s since they are the first to bring it. Just hope that their implementation of FPS is perfect.

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No, it's Qualcomm's and Synaptics's innovation.. Both work hard to make it possible

11. DRS1977

Posts: 680; Member since: May 27, 2015

The S9 was too far along in development for this to happen. The Note 9 will most likely have it, like what was already predicted. I am personally waiting for the the 10th anniversary S10.

12. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So a Chinese company will do what Apple couldn't haha.

13. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

0.7 second is slow I prefer the fingerprint scanner on the back and 0.2 second to unlock

15. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Wasn't Vivo working with Qualcomm?

16. BigBoat

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 28, 2017

This tech is no longer innovative. It’s been leap frogged by facial recognition aka Face ID. Also, it’s not full screen. You literally have to fine the spot on the display.

17. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's not like it's going to move will be in the exact same spot

20. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

It will fly to the moon and return at will.

23. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Face id?? Not if you're concerned with security.

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"is a bit of a blow to Qualcomm. Qualcomm has been working on similar tech for a while now, but has not announced anything officially yet" I think you need to read PA's articles once in a while.. They've been showcasing it in MWC2017, they even show a working phone model (it's called vivo Xplay 7)

26. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

So where are those guys who were sooooo intelligent and deduced this stupid statement to S9 containing this? I summon them here right now. I always knew S9 wont have it.

27. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

S9 will have on-screen FPscanner, 10-feet true wireless charging, and 512GB internal storage.. Trust me, I'm samsung insider /s

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