Vivo took the technology market by a pleasant surprise when they took the wraps off their new smartphone that was home to an in-display fingerprint sensor. It was a surprise for many especially because Vivo became the first smartphone manufacturer to integrate its flagship device with such a feature. According to the latest report, OPPO has now been granted a patent for an in-display fingerprint sensor by the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO). The in-display fingerprint sensors, it appears, are turning out to be a new trend in the market at the moment. However, we are yet to witness a smartphone that has already made it to the masses. “Although we are yet to see a smartphone that has made it to the masses, with one more added to the list, it’s a matter of few months,” a report by Gizmodo reads.
The images taking the round of the internet go on to showcase a fairly large real estate. These images showcase the sketches of the upcoming in-display fingerprint scanning system and nothing else. Therefore, it is easy for one to understand how the system will go on to work. “The images of the patents show that the sensor would occupy a fairly large real-estate above the bottom bezel of the device,” an online report reads. According to an online report, the image further showcases a smartphone that packs a physical home button. However, it is highly unlikely that a technology company would implement the feature at the time of the launch of the smartphone. Endless companies have gone on to file patents regarding the same. It is natural as the technology is quickly becoming a thing of the future. As mentioned previously, Vivo has already become the first to bring in an in-display fingerprint sensor on its Apex concept smartphone.
Since Vivo is already in possession of the feature, it does not come across as a surprise that the sister company OPPO has also filed for it. However, if there is a boom in the in-display sensors market, it would mean that the demand for OLED panels will end up increasing as well. The patent will make use of different technology in comparison to the Synaptics sensors, which introduces with the launch of the Vivo smartphone.
Recently, Meizu also seems to have joined the bandwagon of those who are working toward putting the fingerprint scanning feature underneath the smartphone’s display. According to their description, the company will be cramming in the functionality into its on-display Super Back button, which will end up making it flexible. “Apart from its normal navigation functionality, it will also transform into fingerprint icon to guide the users as to where to place their finger to unlock the device or verify payments. Unfortunately, the feature will not be included in the upcoming Meizu 15 series of phones,” notes an online report.
Apart from this, the South Korean technology company Samsung is also working toward the introduction of an in-display sensor with its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. A company spokesperson in an interview to The Korean Herald said, “Samsung Display has prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display, and both are seriously considering one of the solutions.” In other words, the firm is very close in arriving at a decision. Furthermore, they went on to state that the delay in deciding the final concept for the Note 9 smartphone will end up affecting its launch date as well. Therefore, we are not sure what the future holds.