After the major success of Synaptics in making an Under-Display Fingerprint Sensor, many companies started to prepare themselves for the competition. As a result, Vivo may have become the first company to launch a device with In-Display Fingerprint Sensor but it wouldn’t be alone this year…!
Japanese company Japan Display Inc. (JDI) has announced a transparent glass-based capacitive fingerprint reader as well. The company describes it as a physically transparent reader, and it is capable of replacing silicon sensors used in smartphones, laptops and other devices.
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As the JIDI fingerprint sensor is built in a Glass Substrate, so there is no need to hide the fingerprint sensor under a display as Synaptics did in Vivo’s New Phone – X20.
The key advantage of JDI’s sensor over the others is that it can also be used as an In-display Fingerprint Sensor and it also works with LCDs as well. Most of the other sensors work with only OLED displays only. This makes it far more accessible, and hence, we can expect these sensors to make their way into mid-range or entry-level phones as well.
The company also told that this technology is faster than the Synaptics’s Sensor. As the Synaptics Sensor takes much more time in comparison to other companies like Oneplus and Xiaomi – which may cause the customers to think twice before buying a phone with the Synaptics Tech.
Talking about the JDI’s sensor itself, it measures 8mm x 8mm. JDI also plans to make bigger sensors that will work with an array of devices including some IoT products. The company says that it will start shipping the sensors to third-party original equipment manufacturers by the end of its current fiscal year ending March 2019. But it remained tight-lipped when talking about the companies that may end up ordering its latest offering.
What if some screengaurd companies contact them – huh!
That being said, smartphones with in-screen fingerprint sensors are going to become the next big thing in the smartphone industry. You can expect this tech to become mainstream over the course of this year. In fact, it is likely to become one of the most prominently advertised features as well, so expect some catchy marketing names for this tech. However, it remains to be seen which smartphone maker will be next in line after Vivo.