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Sony to go metal with the Xperia Z4, embed touch fingerprint sensor in the power key

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Sony to go metal with the Xperia Z4, embed touch fingerprint sensor in the power key

Word from the grapevine is that the Sony Xperia Z4 will feature not only a metal chassis, which we saw in the leaked frame comparison with the Z3 not long ago, but in fact an all-metal body, probably akin to the Huawei P8 that was just announced yesterday. Now, whether that means Sony will do away with the glass rear it pioneered for the Z-line, or do something similar to the Galaxy S6, remains to be seen, but it's the other nugget of info in this latest leak that caught our attention.

The Xperia Z4 is now claimed to introduce a fingerprint scanner, which won't be a complete surprise for a 2015 flagship, of course. The placement of the sensor is said to be unorthodox, though - embedded in the power key. Such a placement would be perfect, if Sony can pull it off, as you want have to stretch your thumb or another digit all the way underneath the display just to unlock your handset or authorize payment, risking to drop it if your mind is not into it. 

There is already a phone with a touch finger scanner in the power/lock key - the Saygus V-Squared, but how will Sony manage to embed a finger-scanning tech of its own on the side of a thin chassis, is anyone's guess, if this speculation pans out, that is. The Z4 is expected to be announced in September, likely around the IFA Expo, while Sony might grace us with an upgraded Z3 Neo in the meantime, said to be revealed on April 20th.

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posted on 16 Apr 2015, 08:35 13

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Too small for that. I hope it's a false rumor

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:03

5. bendgate (unregistered)


Maybe around power key area.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:17 4

11. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I wonder if Sony will be using Qualcomms new acoustic ultrasonic finger print reader. Its suppose to capture the finger print even if you don't physically touch the device.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:24

15. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


http://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomm-snapdragon-sense-id-3d-fingerprint-scanner-hands-on/

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 22:14

55. techperson211 (Posts: 1236; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


I'm not gonna be surprised if Sony pull this off. They were able to have the phone thin with ip certification without protruding camera. No flaps on usb in m4 aqua.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:05 2

6. PANIC (Posts: 127; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


And too late for Sony Z4...by September the market will be already conquered

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 10:25 11

30. seven7dust (unregistered)


LOl! samsung fans are crazy. you do realize samsung had 6 quaters of decilnes ,stop acting like they are killing it in sales.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 11:57 10

34. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1541; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


And sony had what? They have been falling and owning a miserable 3-4% of android marketshare. Heck even in Japan they aint doing well.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 12:09 7

35. TerryTerius (Posts: 1927; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Samsung still outsold Sony, LG, Lenovo, Huawei, HTC, and Xiaomi combined last year. So yeah, even in their weakest year they're still utterly dominating everyone else. In other words, the chances of Sony, LG, or any other Android OEM overtaking Samsung this year are basically zero. So yeah, LOL!

For the record, I do wish there was an Android manufacturer that could actually pressure Samsung, because complacency is the death of innovation and if they only see Apple as their competition then that isn't a world that sounds too promising.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 12:50

37. zunaidahmed (Posts: 868; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Same can be said about apple, funny that you didn't mention it. Even though I don't like their way of marketing, but I have to say their sale figures are huge.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 18:17

47. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Umm, all the other OEMs combined do out sell Samsung. You do know that close to 300 million Android smart phones shipped last quarter. Samsung sold around 75 million smart phones which still makes them the biggest, but all the Android OEMs combined out sell everyone.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 12:27

36. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


Yes, but they'll follow up with 6 quarters of record profitability after the S6.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 17:02

45. TMach (Posts: 460; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Actually, think about it another way! All phones released in early 2015, will pretty much be outdated! That is the way with tech 6 months on you are pretty much a dinosaur! Should also make a great Xmas buy!

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:23 4

12. Genza (Posts: 540; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


I don't think so because the power key on Z3 is almost as thick as the Z3 body and at 2.8mm i'm sure Synaptics VFS6170 can be incorporated into the power key.

www.synaptics.com/en/press-releases/biometric-slim-slide.php

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:45

21. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It could be Qualcomms ultrasonic 3D finger print scanner. You can even have food stuck to your fingers and it will still read your finger print.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 15:28

40. hasse77 (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2015)


But I assume that the Synaptics VFS6170 is a swipe sensor, they are calling it a "slide".

Their competitor Fingerprint Cards has a touch type sensor for the side of smartphones, called FPC1145 as I mentioned in my comment below:
"Besides its core functions as a touch fingerprint sensor, FPC1145 can also host other functions normally using dedicated buttons on the side of the phone, such as a power button or a volume control button. As with all touch fingerprint sensors from FPC, FPC1145 provides leading biometric performance and full 360 degrees rotation support.

FPC1145 will be ready for mass production during Q2 2015. During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, FPC will showcase a reference implementation of FPC1145 integrated in a smartphone as a side button."

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:27 9

18. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Why hope it's false? I think they won't be able to do it, but I hope they'll prove me wrong! :)

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 10:23

29. kozza3 (Posts: 702; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


No way! That would be perfect!

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 14:12

38. coyote (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2015)


Probably Sony will use a fingerprint scanner FPC1145 from a Swedish company Fingerprint Cards. The same company who implemented one touch 360-degree sensors in Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Oppo N3.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 19:42 1

49. rsiders (Posts: 979; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Who cares. At least it would be unique and not a copy and paste job from Apple, Samsung, and HTC. IF they could pull it off it would be awesome as the power button easily rests on the thumb while holding the phone.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 08:39 1

2. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Finally, would be good if they ditched that glass that was prone to breaking.

The Saygus phone however, has a slide style fingerprint reader, not on the power button but is on the side.

Cheers.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:48 8

22. Rhinoface (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)


Z phones are very durable..not to mention how elegant the glass looked.

We'll see how the all metal looks, though.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 14:14

39. coyote (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Apr 2015)


Just search about FPC1145 from a Swedish company Fingerprint Cards. They already have it in mass production.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 08:45 3

3. Davidroid (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Jan 2015)


Super Fake. Fingerprint scanner in the power key? Ahahahahah

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:15 2

8. Genza (Posts: 540; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


I do not know if this rumor is true or not but at 2.8mm thin the VFS6170 can be incorporated into the side, volume rocker button or power key.

www.synaptics.com/en/press-releases/biometric-slim-slide.php

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:23 6

13. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Davidroid. If you saw Qualcomms 3D ultrasonic finger print scanner. Then you would feel stupid with the comment that you made. Because Qualcomms method is using sound to capture your print.

http://www.cnet.com/news/qualcomm-snapdragon-sense-id-3d-fingerprint-scanner-hands-on/

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 10:00 5

23. mimicryXD (Posts: 44; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


You owned him buddy! hahaha Davidroid should STFU hahaha

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 08:58

4. Chuck007 (Posts: 1148; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


I too say fake but who knows if Sony is testing fan reaction with these rumours lol

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:11 8

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Good! Bring it on Sony.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 09:15

9. vuyonc (Posts: 1023; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


They would have to change the design of the power button. Any design change is appreciated:)! Omnibalance needs something fresh and new. My Z1 hasn't exactly been blown away by newer phones.

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