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The Xiaomi Mi 5 might be the first phone to implement Qualcomm's 3D Fingerprint technology

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The Xiaomi Mi 5 might be the first phone to implement Qualcomm's 3D Fingerprint technology
Although Xiaomi has just recently unveiled the Mi 4c, a very powerful smartphone that goes for little over $200 in China, a lot of the company's fans are already looking forward to the Xiaomi's upcoming flagship, the often-rumored Xiaomi Mi 5. According to previous rumors, the smartphone will be one of the first to make use of the Snapdragon 820 SoC, Qualcomm's upcoming high-end chipset, and it was also said that the Xiaomi Mi 5 could arrive by the end of the year. 

According to a fresh rumor from China, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be the first smartphone to make use of Qualcomm's ultrasound fingerprint recognition technology, one that's natively supported by the Snapdragon 820. Back in March, when Qualcomm announced the new fingerprint-reading technology, the company said that ultrasonic sensors not only improve the accuracy but also eliminate the need for a capacitive sensor. Qualcomm markets this as the Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint technology. 

In essence, Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint recognition tech can create a 3D map of your finger, complete with all the micro-ridges of your skin. Qualcomm says that the technology works well even with wet or dirty fingers, unlike current-gen fingerprint readers. 

Although a more accurate fingerprint recognition system is definitely a nice thing to have, that's not where the story ends. What's particularly interesting about the new tech is that the ultrasonic sensor can recognize fingerprints through various materials, such as glass, metal, and plastic. This means that the tech doesn't require a capacitive sensor placed on the outside of the body. Instead, manufacturers can place the sensor behind the display, which could improve the overall ergonomics of the phone. It remains to be seen how Xiaomi decides to make use of the Snapdragon 3D Fingerprint sensor, but needless to say, we're pretty excited to investigate Xiaomi's implementation.

source: Weibo

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posted on 02 Oct 2015, 12:39 7

1. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This is the fingerprint scanner I've been waiting for. Hopefully a US smartphone will have it soon after.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 14:12 1

7. neela_akaash (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


And all this for under $400. What the heck of a deal..

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 17:22

11. zeeBomb (Posts: 1779; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Xiaomi going big

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 12:50

2. Mrniceguy633 (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Needs to be US bound and have an SD card slot and they can have my money : )

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 00:41

15. Manyci (Posts: 112; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


If Xiaomi follows the tradition, it won't have Sd card support. That is only in the Redmi series unfortunately.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 08:10

17. j2001m (Posts: 2788; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Now Apple moved alway from Emmc and moved to supper fast ssd speed, closer to ufs, if oem keep adding sd cards they will be way slow next to Apple phones in normal use

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 12:53

3. mdmujassam (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Oct 2015)


these ultimate features are no more surprise from Xiaomi...

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 13:00 1

4. Panino (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2015)


That's what I call innovation. Well done Xiaomi!

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 14:03 5

5. Muayyad (Posts: 236; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


are you sure not qualcomm's?

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 16:56 1

9. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Yup, it says so right in the article. The technology is created by Qualcomm, the first device to use it is from Xiaomi.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 14:06

6. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)


3d finger printing scanner sounds a little off putting and unnecessary to me. How long until someone 3d prints images of that finger print?

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 15:20 1

8. combatmedic870 (Posts: 554; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Well....it would seem all finger print scanners would be affected by that.

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 16:59 2

10. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


The point of this is to make fps more secure, and this technology doesn't go by an image, it maps your fingerprint ridges. If someone goes through the trouble of 3D printing your finger, is it really going to be worth it for them?

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 18:58 4

12. WallStreet (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 Sep 2014)


Where is the article about best camera in town- on Sony Z5

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 22:58 1

14. AZNHA (unregistered)


everyone looking for that in PA

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 10:06 1

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/DxOMark-says-the-Sony-Xperia-Z5s-camera-is-the-best-its-tested-so-far_id74256

There, now would you quite spamming every F-ing article? I mean, were you just too stupid to find it on your own and needed a grownup to find it for you? Here's a little hint, if you want to get people on Sony's side, spamming every article isn't the way to do it.

What you're doing is more like a little kid poking someone repeatedly in the arm saying "Hey, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening, are you listening..........."

posted on 02 Oct 2015, 20:20

13. Fire5 (Posts: 279; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Use Snapdragon smartphone is a smartphone amount ... I hope Samsung and LG continue to develop their SOC and bring something new and exclusive.

posted on 03 Oct 2015, 04:57

16. mewmew (unregistered)


Rumor says, Qualcomm is not ready 2h 2015, but maby 1h 2016..

posted on 04 Oct 2015, 03:43

19. Raghavkumar (Posts: 18; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


This sounds pretty dope! Sammy should be hearing this!!

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