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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the fingerprints-left-behind dept.

Synaptics has created a 0.7 mm thick fingerprint sensor that can scan your finger from underneath a smartphone display, and the first company to use it will be the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo:

A brand you've never heard of will release the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor

A few days ago, Synaptics announced that it's ready to mass-produce a fingerprint sensor that can be placed under the display of a smartphone, teasing that a top five smartphone maker is going to use the technology later this year. Synaptics' press release made it look like Samsung may be the first company to make use of its technology. But it looks like that won't be the case, as a new report reveals the company that will make this hotly anticipated handset... and if you're in the United States, you've probably never even heard of it.

[...] Forbes claims to have learned that Vivo will make the first smartphone to use Synaptics' Clear ID sensor.

Vivo, a company whose name might not be familiar to you, is actually a top-five smartphone maker thanks to its large presence in Chine[sic]. Forbes contributor Patrick Moorhead got to test the Clear ID sensor:

The Clear ID experience was fast and simple- I pressed the right side button to wake, a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the phone, I touched it, and it let me in. I am expecting Vivo to modify the experience, so I just have to "hold to wake" so I do not even have to use the button.

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by takyon on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:46PM (1 child)

    by takyon (881) <> on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:46PM (#610786) Journal

    But you'll have 9 more fingers and other parts to hack off until you give them everything.

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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Sunday December 17 2017, @08:10AM

    by bob_super (1357) on Sunday December 17 2017, @08:10AM (#610905)

    The advantage is the $5 wrench is its ability to secure the phone after the information is retrieved.
    Cutting pieces is such a messy process.