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Vivo X20 Plus with under-glass fingerprint sensor launches in China

The first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor goes on sale February 1st for about $560. The Vivo X20 Plus features a 6.4 inch, 2160 x 1080 pixel display that covers most of the front of the phone. But rather than put a fingerprint sensor on the side or back, Vivo used under-glass fingerprint sensing […]

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Vivo smartphones to be first with under-glass fingerprint sensor from Synaptics

This week Synaptics announced it’s begun mass production of an under-glass, in-display fingerprint sensor and that the company is working with a top five OEM. Earlier this year we’d heard that Chinese smartphone maker Vivo was working on phones with under-glass fingerprint sensors. Coincidence? Nope. In an article for Forbes, Patrick Moorhead says he got […]

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Synaptics says in-display fingerprint sensors for smartphones are coming soon

Rumor has it that the reason Apple dropped the fingerprint sensor from the iPhone X is that the company didn’t want to put it on the back of the phone, and that the technology required for under-glass fingerprint sensors wasn’t good enough yet. So Apple ditched fingerprints altogether, and went solely with its Face ID […]

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Synaptics multi-factor tech combines fingerprint, facial recognition for secure logins

Synaptics has been offering fingerprint sensor solutions for mobile devices for a while. But sometimes you want a little more assurance that only authorized people can unlock your phone, tablet, or notebook. So now Synaptics is adding a multi-factor solution that combines a fingerprint reader and facial recognition. If a device maker adopts the new […]

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Synaptics launches smartphone fingerprint scanner that sits under the glass screen

The company that makes the touchpads found on many laptops also makes fingerprint sensors, and the company’s latest is an optical scanner designed to sit below a glass screen on smartphones. In other words, it’ll be able to read your fingerprint through the glass, without the need for any cut-outs or indentations. Among other things, […]

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Synaptics’ USB stick brings fingerprint authentication to any PC

Want to use your fingerprint to login to a computer without entering a password, but don’t want to buy a new PC just for that feature? Soon you may not have to. Synaptics has introduced a new turnkey solution for USB dongles featuring the company’s “Natural ID” fingerprint authentication. The company wants to license the […]

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Synaptics launches force touch solution for smartphones

Synaptics is probably best known for making the touchpads found on laptops. But the company also develops touchscreen technology for notebooks, tablets and smartphones and one of the company’s latest touch controllers offers pressure-sensitive Force Touch capabilities. The new Synaptics 3700 Series touch controller is currently in mass production, and supports Synaptics ClearForce and SideTouch (edge […]

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Synaptics unveils fingerprint sensor with its own chip for better security

Fingerprint sensors used to be something you’d primarily find on business-class laptops. But a growing number of smartphones feature built-in fingerprint scanners which let you unlock your device or perform other actions using your unique fingerprint instead of a password. Now Synaptics has introduced a new fingerprint sensor which the company says offers even better […]

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Synaptics SmartBar brings gesture support to your PC spacebar

Synaptics is best known for its technology that powers the touchpads below the keyboards on millions of notebooks. But now the company is introducing a new product that’s actually part of the keyboard. Synaptics SmartBar technology will let PC makers build keyboards with touch-sensitive spacebars that will let you scroll, zoom, and perform other gestures without […]

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Synaptics SecurePad is a laptop touchpad with a fingerprint reader

Synaptics makes the touchpads that are used on millions of laptops and in recent years the company has added new features such as support for multitouch gestures and pressure-sensitive “force” detection. Now Synaptics is introducing a new touchpad that could bring enhanced security to your next laptop. The Synaptics SecurePad puts a fingerprint reader right […]

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Lilbits (5-22-2013): Crowd-funding the AGENT smartwatch, Earl tablet

It’s an interesting time to be a watchmaker. Big companies like Motorola have been bringing smartwatches to market, and smaller companies like Pebble have raised a lot of buzz for wristwatches with ePaper displays, customizable software, and more. Heck, one of the main characters on a prime time TV show is a clockmaker. Anyway, there’s […]