It has been heavily rumored that Apple will be releasing the iPhone 8 later this year with a fingerprint scanner embedded into its display. While Samsung was also reported to include an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Note 8 due to launch later this year, the Korean company could not get the technology ready in time.
Rumors now indicate that Vivo — a Chinese smartphone maker — will beat Apple into launching a phone in the market with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display. Now, a video of the said Vivo smartphone has made its way to the internet.
The 4-second clip gives us a glimpse of how the embedded fingerprint scanner in the phone will work. Simply put your finger on the area marked on the display and the phone will unlock itself. While the phone in question is likely a prototype unit, it is evident that the embedded fingerprint scanner is not as quick as traditional fingerprint scanners found on current smartphones.
Apple is reported to have developed its own custom embedded fingerprint solution so its possible that its implementation will be faster than what is shown in the video. If not, I am not sure if the trade off of integrating the fingerprint scanner into the display with slower unlock times will be worth it.
What do you think? Do you prefer having a slower fingerprint scanner but one that is integrated into the display? Or a faster fingerprint scanner solution that is found on the iPhone and other smartphones?