A new smartphone from a small, independent mobile-maker has beaten Apple and Samsung to become the first device to make use of an in–screen fingerprint scanner.
The Vivo phone, which has been on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, takes advantage of OLED technology and a special sensor in order to scan fingerprints without the need for a dedicated button.
Similar technology has long been rumoured to be heading to top-of-the-range phones from Samsung and Apple.
The latter is said to have dropped the idea in favour of Face ID in the iPhone X, although Apple execs have denied they ever wanted to place a fingerprint scanner beneath the iPhone’s display.
Samsung is said to be priming the tech for its Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, which is not due for release until late 2018.
The Vivo phone remains a prototype, with those who have used it reporting that the fingerprint scanner isn't as accurate as Apple’s Touch ID system.
Users who have cracked their screens may not be able to take advantage of the security feature, while pressing too hard on the display may not unlock the device.