Have you heard the rumors about in-screen fingerprint Technology? Now it’s not just a rumor, Qualcomm officially announced that it has started producing the first samples. The technology uses piezoelectrics to send ultrasonic waves through the display glass to read fingerprints. The ultrasonic technology can work through the OLED display, glass, or metal panel.
As per Qualcomm’s press release, the technology will be available as an integrated solution for Qualcomm Snapdragon, and for non-snapdragon hardware in early 2018.
According to the CNET, the sensors will not only scan a fingerprint, it will also be able to detect a person’s heartbeat and blood flow. This will apparently improve the authentication experience.
In fact, Chinese phone maker Vivo is the first to use the technology in a [prototype] phone and has technically beaten Apple to an under-display fingerprint scanner race. The Chinese smartphone maker has embedded the first fingerprint scanner under an AMOLED display, while the second one is embedded under a metal(As seen on the video below). However, rumors are also suggesting that the Apple’s next iPhone(probably iPhone 8) could have an in-screen fingerprint reader, though the conflict between Apple and Qualcomm might direct the Cupertino-based company to opt-in for their own technology.
— Vivo India (@Vivo_India) June 28, 2017