CES 2018

Vivo and Synaptics make the first phone with in-display fingerprint reader

The phone is ready for mass production

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Remember when Vivo showed a concept phone with a fingerprint reader under the display back at Mobile World Congress (MWC) Shanghai last year? That was made in partnership with Qualcomm and sadly, their collaboration didn’t bear fruit on an actual device.

For the second time around, Vivo is ready to bring this tech forward. This time though, they are with Synaptics which primarily manufactures touchpads for laptops.


An actual device was showcased by Vivo at CES 2018 in Las Vegas which gives them the title as the first company in the world to implement the technology in a smartphone.

How does the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology work? To make things simple, the in-display fingerprint sensor sits in between the mainboard and the OLED panel where it will illumine the finger, process the captured print, and register your fingerprint on the phone.

The rest of the specification details and the actual phone model were not disclosed by Vivo , but it’s safe to say that it’s a bezel-less device, which is the current trend among manufacturers.

As for the technology behind it, it’s the Synaptics Clear ID FS9500 sensor. The sensor is placed at the bottom of the display where old fingerprint scanners used to be. It can be used to unlock your phone, access protected files, or do mobile payments which require authentication. You can’t really tell it’s there when the OLED panel is on — it seamlessly blends in.

Again, Vivo is such a tease about the tech. We’re now just waiting for the actual name of the device, some additional deets about its specs, and of course, the pricing and availability. They said it’ll come early 2018.

We’re waiting, Vivo.

CES 2018

Podcast Episode 1: Getting lost at the world’s largest tech show

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In this first epidose of GadgetMatch Podcast we talk about the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2018) which just wrapped up in Las Vegas. Michael Josh and Isa share behind the scenes challenges of covering the world’s largest tech show. And the team talks about the most attention grabbing tech from the show including an entire range of Artificial Intelligence and Google Assistant gadgets, Vivo’s new phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, Sony’s new robot dog, and Razer’s Project Linda.

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LG’s InstaView ThinQ is one smart fridge

This is the future

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The future of smart appliances is upon us.

LG has not only dared to venture into connected kitchen technology, they’ve taken it a step further with their newest smart appliances. We got to see all this at CES.


The InstaView ThinQ is the fridge of the future. It’s equipped with the smart voice assistant Alexa which means you will be able to talk to it — the better to figure out what you want to eat! Not only that, it will suggest recipes depending on what food items you have stored. The best part is that it can be connected to your phone and all your other smart appliances for a seamless everyday home experience.

SEE ALSO: LG builds a smart kitchen that ‘talks’ to you and your home

SEE ALSO: Lessons from household appliances

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Best of CES 2018: Project Linda, Smart Display, and more!

From prototypes to full-fledged products

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CES 2018 gave us a glance at all the wonderful consumer tech that’s in store for us — not just this year, but for the years to come. The show had tons of products, almost too many to count, so we came up with this video compiling the most interesting gadgets that caught our attention.

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