Synaptics, only recently, announced that it had managed to design an in-screen fingerprint sensor technology fit enough to enter mass production, and that a “top-five” smartphone manufacturer will be the first in-line to launch a phone equipped with it in 2018. Based on numbers, this narrows it down to, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo-Vivo, or Xiaomi. While many predicted that Samsung would be the company to launch the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor, it seems, that won’t be the case. In fact, the company in question is set to be Vivo if a new Forbes report is to be gone by.
Vivo has been experimenting with phones with in-screen fingerprint sensors for some time now. The company even showcased a prototype unit earlier this year, but, the technology on-board in the case came from Qualcomm. It is said, the Qualcomm implementation wasn’t as fast as Vivo would have liked which could be one reason why it did not enter mass production. The technology that Synaptics has come out with, aka Clear ID, is said to be fast and simple. Synaptics, in fact, claims its Clear ID is twice as fast as Apple’s Face ID.
Samsung has been hard at work to implement an in-screen fingerprint sensor on its high-end flagship phones. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ were supposed to ship with one once upon a time but because the technology needed some more work before going full commando Samsung reportedly ditched the idea and instead went for a fingerprint scanner on the back. It is possible that in the days to follow even Samsung with its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ may jump aboard Synaptics’ tech although it is also being reported that the company has decided to go with another manufacturer.
Apple, meanwhile, decided to ditch an actual fingerprint scanner altogether with the iPhone X. The iPhone X is Apple’s first iPhone to not have Touch ID. It comes with facial recognition tech called Face ID and Apple claims that it is faster and more secure than Touch ID. With Clear ID, Synaptics is looking to offer an even more seamless solution. It would be interesting to see if its tech is able to live up to the company’s tall claims in the days to come.