More than a year ago, Vivo introduced the world to the first device with the in-display fingerprint scanner. The Vivo Apex or Vivo NeX went on to set a benchmark for other OEMs.
Since then we have seen almost every major company adopting the in-display fingerprint scanner for their devices. The good thing about the design is that it hides the bezels and is liked by almost everyone. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t like the design then there’s some bad news for you. According to a recent report, companies seem to have liked the idea of hiding the scanner behind the display and they plan to continue doing it. The good news, however, is that the shipping of LTPS LCD panels is expected to drop in 2019 paving a way for OLED panels with in-display fingerprint scanners.
The price gap between rigid OLED and LTPS LCD panels has been reduced to within US$5 per unit recently, said sources, adding that the lower OLED panel price with more affordable in-display fingerprint sensors will further squeeze the sales of LTPS LCD panels in 2019.
Overall shipments of LTPS LCD panels to the handset sector are expected to reduce by 30 million units in 2019, according to an estimated of China-based AVC Revo.
Overall it looks like in-display fingerprint scanners are here to stay and it might be a while before we see a better technology replace them.