A Chinese phone company, Vivo, has successfully made the first phone device to have a fingerprint scanner embedded into its screen.

It’s an idea that has been considered by majority  of phone makers, with the evolution of full-screen phone devices.

Samsung had to move it’s fingerprint scanner to the back of the device in its Galaxy S8, while Apple did away totally with fingerprint scanning on the iPhone X.

It won’t be long before they get the hang of it however, as Vivo launched its device as the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The in-display fingerprint technology supported by Synaptics supports multiple interfaces which are activated only when needed. In its workings, a GUI will show up on the screen when needed while it looks like a regular display when not called up to function. An indicator asks you to place a finger on it to unlock your or while using got mobile payment purposes.

It works by peering through the gaps between the pixels in an OLED display (LCDs wouldn’t work because of their need for a backlight) and scanning your uniquely patterned epidermis.

In a press release which went out today, Alex Song, Senior Vice President of Vivo said, “With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones.”

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