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CES 2018 is now on-going and our series of articles covering the biggest tech show on earth are now dropping! Check them out HERE.

Image: Vivo

Last time we’ve posted about Synaptics and its release of their on-screen fingerprint scanner technology – hoping that they’ll get rid of the dedicated space for fingerprint sensors and instead, placing them underneath the smartphone’s display (where our fingers are mostly placed).

READ: On-screen fingerprint scanners are coming into 2018 smartphones


How does it work?

Vivo partnered with Synaptics, who recently released their proprietary technology called ClearID, which allows us to scan fingerprints within our smartphone’s display, and showed them off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas with an un-named prototype smartphone.

A fingerprint UI will appear on the device’s display promptly like when the phone is on sleep and needs to be unlocked, or when prompted for mobile payment authentication, and other possible applications.

If fingerprint authentication is not needed, the graphical UI fingerprint will remain invisible to prevent disruption of normal device operation.

Image: Synaptics


If you are at CES, you can see it for yourself at Vivo’s booth. The company also announced the availability of their first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone in early 2018.

We’ll have to guess now which other smartphone manufacturers Synaptics has partnered with to bring this technology to the masses.