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. However, after Moorhead's tweet, it may also prove to be Vivo as it is also one of the top 5 smartphone manufacturers. A lot of people speculated that Samsung is going to be that brand because it faced a lot of heat a year ago for the awkward placement of fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", Kevin Barber, SVP and GM of Synaptics' mobile division, said.
Moorhead states that enabling in-display fingerprint sensors on smartphones so far has been a manufacturability issue.
For security, Synaptics said it included PurePrint anti-spoof technology to examine fingerprint images using AI to distinguish between spoofs and actual fingers. This CMOS image sensor will work in virtually all conditions - cold or hot weather, completely dark rooms, with wet hands, etc. Synaptics claims that Clear ID is twice as fast as Apple's Face ID and both more convenient and reliable.
Vivo, a little-known Chinese phone maker, will apparently be one of the first to launch a smartphone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
The analyst says that the experience "was faster than I expected".
Previously Apple was slated to add the technology to their $999 iPhone X. However, the Cupertino giant instead opted for the Face ID since the technology was unavailable then.
And it sounds like the scanner might work well.
With the inbuilt sensors the manufacturers in near future would be able to bring out more full-screen smartphones, complete with the ease of a front-facing fingerprint sensor.