Vivo-Qualcomm partnership may bring on-screen fingerprint sensors in smartphones before the Apple iPhone 8

Until earlier this year, Samsung was rumoured to be bringing an on-screen fingerprint scanner to its future smartphone(s). But that never happened. Since then, it has been rumoured that Apple will bring screen-embedded fingerprint sensor with its upcoming iPhone 8 smartphone.

However, it seems like Chinese smartphone Vivo will beat both Apple and Samsung in bringing smartphone(s) with on-screen fingerprint sensors.

At MWC Shanghai 2017, which starts today (June 28), Qualcomm announced its ‘Advanced’ fingerprint scanning and authentication technology. The company will be showcasing the technology on a customized version of Vivo XPlay 6 smartphone.

The new ‘ultrasonic fingerprint solution,’ as Qualcomm says, will include sensors not only for the display, but also for glass and metal surfaces. The sensors will support directional gestures, underwater fingerprint matching and device wake-ups.

“It is also the first commercially-announced integrated ultrasonic-based mobile solution to detect heartbeat and blood flow for improved mobile authentication experiences,” reads the company blog post.

It has been said that the new fingerprint sensor for glass and metal will be compatible with mid-range Snapdragon 660 and Snapdragon 630 processor-based smartphones, while the sensor for display, glass and metal will be compatible with ‘future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms.’

“We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be designed to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication,” said Seshu Madhavapeddy, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

He further added, “This provides OEMs and operators with the ability to offer truly distinct, differentiated devices with added value on truly groundbreaking new devices.”

Qualcomm also announced a new processor at MWC Shanghai 2017, the Snapdragon 450. The chipset is more efficient than the ones that already exist in the Snapdragon 400 series smartphones, as it is the first in the series to be made using 14nm process. Rest are made using the 28nm process.

As for the rumoured Apple iPhone 8, a recent report stated that the company is still deciding if it has to integrate an on-screen fingerprint sensor technology in its upcoming iPhone devices or not.

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