First came fingerprint-enabled buttons. Next, expect screens with fingerprint sensors included.
Qualcomm fingerprint-sensing technology at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Shanghai, and Chinese phone maker Vivo is the first to use the technology in a phone. A video, released by Vivo, shows off the idea in action (as a concept).under-screen
The technology uses piezoelectrics to send ultrasonic waves through the display glass to read fingerprints. It will even work with wet fingers -- so it'll come in handy with water-resistant tech, too.
Vivo is using the tech in a modified reported the news yesterday before the phone's debut at Mobile World Congress. According to Richard Lai of Engadget, the fingerprint scanning is a little laggy on the prototype.. Mashable
According to Qualcomm's press release, the tech will be available as an integrated solution for Qualcomm Snapdragon, and for non-Snapdragon hardware. The ultrasonic technology can work through OLED displays, glass, or aluminum, and will arrive in two waves: Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display. Handset makers will get a chance to use the glass and metal-working version this month, but won't get the display-enabled sensor until the fourth quarter of this year. Phones could ship with the hardware by the first half of 2018, according to Qualcomm, who .
Itthat Apple's next iPhone could have an under-the-screen fingerprint reader, though -- given the -- the iPhone maker could well be using its own technology.
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