Synaptics announced recently that it had managed to design an in-screen fingerprint sensor technology which is fit for mass production, and that a “top-five” smartphone manufacturer will be the first in line to launch a phone equipped with it in 2018. Base in this list, it narrows down Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo-Vivo, or Xiaomi. While all points to the fact that Samsung is the one based on the patents they have filed, but according to a new report by Forbes, it’s not Samsung but Vivo who will be launching the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor in 2018.
Vivo has been experimenting with fingerprint sensors under the display for some time now. The company also showcased a prototype unit earlier this year, but the technology was pioneered by Qualcomm. It is speculated that Vivo didn’t like how Qualcomm implemented it, so it didn’t enter into mass production. So Synaptics has come out with new technology, called Clear ID which is said to be fast and simple. That’s not it; Synaptics even went ahead to claim that their Clear ID is twice as fast as Apple’s Face ID. Now that’s something.
Samsung has already got a pant for their in screen fingerprint sensor which uses 12 pressure point-sensor sandwiched between the cover glass and a display panel new scanner passes ultrasonic signals through an OLED panel up to 1200 μm thick to read the contours of a fingerprint without making direct contact. This year’s Flagships the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ were supposed to ship with one, but they couldn’t perfect it in time. Not only that the recently leaked images suggest the in screen fingerprint sensor is not even in the Galaxy S9 or the S9+. However, it could debut with the Galaxy Note 9 likely to be launched later part of 2018.
Coming back to Apple, they are already trying to eliminate the need for a fingerprint sensor with their biometric Face ID technology which fires infrared to detect a face. But the tech is still vulnerable in security purposes. It will be interesting to see whether in screen fingerprint technology or face recognition tech, or Iris scanner will dominate in 2018.