Will We See An Under-The-Display Fingerprint Scanner on Next Year’s Flagship Phones
On Tuesday Synaptics announced that one of the major smartphone manufacturers would release a flagship phone with an under-the-display fingerprint scanner using Snayptics Clear ID technology. It’s unclear which manufacturer Synaptics was referring to, but it would likely be Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Google, or Xiaomi. Given that Apple has embraced Face ID, it would be unlikely for them to go with a completely new form of biometrics in the next iPhone.
If we had to guess, we would speculate that it would be Samsung’s Galaxy S9. In terms of innovation, the company is one of the leaders on the Android scene. They were among the first to offer a phone with edge-to-edge display debuting several months before the iPhone X. The one issue that some customers had with the Galaxy S8’s display was the location of the fingerprint scanner. Many people were unhappy with its location.
An under-the-display would fix all of the issues with Samsung’s current fingerprint scanner. Those who don’t like having it on the back wouldn’t have to deal with that and those who don’t want the scanner to take up too much of the screen would be happy as well.
“Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself,” said Synaptics’ Kevin Barber. “Synaptics’ Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market.”
Aside from the under-the-display method, phone manufacturers could go with a system similar to Apple’s Face ID, but it remains to be seen how well the market will take to that. Some may love it, but it’s still an unproven system.
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