Just days after Synaptics announced the mass production of its in-display fingerprint sensor with one of the “top-five” smartphone vendors, it has now been revealed that Vivo is working with the company to build the advanced experience on a mass level. Vivo had previously partnered with Qualcomm to showcase an under-display fingerprint sensor meant for its future smartphones.
In a post for Forbes, analyst Patrick Moorhead detailed his experience with a pre-production Vivo phone equipped with the technology. Moorhead describes the sensor as “fast and simple,” while Synaptics claims it’s twice as fast as 3D facial recognition like Apple’s Face ID — though that’d be a hard thing to realistically measure considering the different mechanisms that each system uses in practice.
Here are some pics @anshelsag and I took of the Vivo smartphone with the Synaptics in-display fingerprint reader. The CMOS image sensor is .7mm thick and reads the fingerprint right through the OLED display. The experience was faster than I expected. pic.twitter.com/u1NFpXtFQM
— Patrick Moorhead (@PatrickMoorhead) December 14, 2017
Vivo is indeed a “top five” smartphone OEM, at least, according to IDC, the company comes after Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi, in terms of shipment results in the third quarter of 2017. However, the company has some historical records of bringing new innovations. The sister concern of Vivo – Oppo, which is owned by BBK Electronics – previously disrupted the smartphone market with its fast-charging technology called VOOC.
And Vivo’s recent success in India now sees it ranked third in the country, which Moorhead suggests will return the brand to IDC’s top five.