Synaptics-Clear-ID-FS9500-fingerprint-sensor-Vivo-AA-3-840x472After being in suspense for years, the product is finally here! an under glass fingerprint scanner. Despite all the news and rumors about Samsung, and Apple working on this technology, the Chinese manufacturer Vivo is the first one to launch a device with an underglass fingerprint scanner, which is the result of its year-long partnership with Synaptics.

The manufacturer hasn’t come out in public to reveal what it will be named, but from the pictures, the phone looks near to being a final product. The smartphone is 6 inches long and would be first headed towards Asian market in the next quarter. The USP and the charm would be the scanner. Being called as the Synaptics Clear ID, it is an in display optical fingerprint scanner. It would be positioned between OLED Panel and display glass.

The Clear ID will function like a usual fingerprint scanner, you place your finger on it, and it unlocks access to your smartphone. It will also be used to give access to contacts and to authenticate payments. It works just like any solid state scanner available in the market right now.

The sensor although is a tiny bit slower than the other capacitive sensors in the market. Takes around .7 second to unlock the smartphone, but getting to test a new tech might outweigh the minor delay. Most of the people who love getting their hands on new technology would ignore the minor delay for the fact that they are getting a first gen product which is reliable and fast enough.

While in testing, it did fail a couple of times, like other fingerprint readers also do. But this technology makes us a bit closer to finally getting a true bezel-less display.

There is no doubt that some people ( including me ) might not like this concept. I mean, it is cool to be able to unlock your smartphone from the display itself. But for a guy who has broken 1 gorilla glass display, and 4 tempered screen covers, this concept isn’t very budget friendly.

Synaptic ensured that FS9500 is spoof proof and successfully passed a bunch of tests. These test included photos of fingerprints, 3D prints, and much more. But this is coming from the manufacturer, so until it comes out, we’d have to believe in what they’re putting out.

Because of the fact that the scanner is placed under glass and peeks through the OLED pixels in order to be able to scan your fingerprints, this tech only works on OLED panels. If you love OLED, this isn’t an issue at all, but if you prefer LCD, you’re a bit out of luck because of the backlight. This tech is supposed to be coming out to many more devices in the future as it can be incorporated into any OLED panel.



Rachit Singh is an Author, Marketer & Speaker. Owns scribbify. Contributes Columns and has been featured in many publications and blogs.

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