5 phones with fingerprint scanners on the side

5 phones with fingerprint scanners on the side
Fingerprint readers are par for the course with today's flagships, and even midrange handsets, as more and more mobile payment systems require an extra level of authentication to work just like your credit or debit card. Moreover, we are getting accustomed to use them for unlocking our phones, securely launching apps, and so on. Some sensor areas even offer extra functionality, like back navigation, or swiping through the interface.

The ubiquity of fingerprint scanners today comes with a price, though. Manufacturers are usually embedding the reader in the home keys beneath the display, which calls for an obligatory physical clicker there, and makes creating phones with excellent screen-to-body ratio more problematic. Granted, the new Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+ have a fingerprint reader built into the physical home key, and still boast the best screen-to-body ratio for their display diagonal, but Apple, for instance, which uses a circular home key, seems destined to make phones that are quite large for their panel size because of that. 

There are a few companies that do away with the finger-scanner-in-the-home-key paradigm, like Huawei, for example. It placed the reader of the Mate7 on its back, for instance, achieving excellent screen-to-body-ratio on the huge phablet. That is still not an ideal solution, though, as you can't unlock the phone or authorize payments with it when lying face-up on the desk, for example. That is why Huawei introduced a unique fingerprint scanner placement with the new Honor 7i, moving it on the left side, directly under your finger at all times. In fact, many of you prefer it this way, as our recent polling shows, and are likely to use the finger scanner more when it is positioned on the side.

Would you use fingerprint scanners more if they were placed on the side of phones?

I don't use my phone's fingerprint scanner

This seemingly opened the floodgates for utilizing Fingerprint Cards' thinnest FPC1145 finger scanning module in power/lock keys, as after the Honor 7i, we had a few more phones announced with these fingerprint sensing solutions, check them out below:

Huawei Honor 7i

The other unique feature of the Honor 7i, besides the dual-use 13 MP camera that can be flipped to take selfies, is the fingerprint sensor, which has been mounted on the side, allowing Huawei to boast very high screen-to-body ratio for the Honor 7i. Other than those, the Honor 7i is a powerful midranger, with a 5.2" 1080p display, Snapdragon 616 SoC, 2 GB/3 GB of RAM, and 16 GB/32 GB of internal memory, as well as a 3100 mAh battery to back it all up.

Sony Xperia Z5 | Xperia Z5 Compact | Xperia Z5 Premium

At IFA 2015, Sony unveiled its most ambitious smartphone project to date - a complete Xperia Z5 portfolio, which includes a 4.6" Z5 Compact, a 5.2" Z5, and a whopping 5.5" 4K Z5 Premium. The trio is outfitted with a fast Snapdragon 810 chipset and an exclusive 23 MP Exmor RS camera sensor that lets them focus record fast. That's not all there is to those puppies, though, as they have an ergonomic fingerprint scanner fitted in the side power key, and are waterproof, not to mention the usual two-day battery life you can expect from most Sony phones now.

The crowdfunded phone project is headed by some bright ex-Googler minds, resulting in a phone that is tethered to the cloud like no other, relieving you of the stress around backups or limited storage. The unorthodox looking Robin is well-spec'd, and come with a finger scanner embedded in the lock key, adding to its cool factor.



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


5. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

its much better on the REAR POWER BUTTON like the one on the LG G4 Pro. LG is really a genius for this. Thanks LG for this

8. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nah You're Wrong Mate, And The G4 Sucks All It Has Is A Great Camera.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wrong the Z5 scanners trump them all of them right now. Because its the only ultrasonic finger print scanner. All the other scanners use a camera to scan, including Apples iPhones. With an ultrasonic scanner your fingers can be completely wet, dirty, or you can even wear thin plastic gloves. No other scanner allows that, or will even attempt to work under those conditions. Yet the Z5 will and does work under those conditions.

17. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

#troll? if this is sarcasm i'd give it a thumbs up... let me know if it is.

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

in reality these are 3 devices the z5 is same device in different sizes

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

They Have Different Screen Resolutions And Battery Size So That Totally Makes Them Not The Same.

3. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I don't care, I don't use them and I never will.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This is a good question for me. I never used a password until I had to create a password for my fingerprint on the 5s. When I sold the 5s I went back to no password and strictly used swipe up to wake on the M8 and then back to fingerprint on the iPhone 6 and then double tap to wake in the Z3. Now back to fingerprint on the GS6. So I guess I am fine with whatever and I can easily adapt unlike the isheep. That said, my ideal wake up method would probably be the swipe up or double tap to read your fingerprint to unlock. Not sure if anyone will make one though. Lol

7. fonelover123

Posts: 153; Member since: May 04, 2015

Its much better on the REAR POWER BUTTON like the one on the LG G4 Pro. LG is really a genius for this. and everyone are now shy to copy it. many new phones from Asus and Huawie are now little by little doing the same (putting Rear keys) Thanks LG for this

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope you realize that with Android you can use smart lock now to automatically unlock your device, especially if you have some kind of smart watch or other Bluetooth device you trust or NFC tag. So you don't have to have a finger print scanner to by pass the screen lock. Also the Z5 is using the first ultrasonic scanner on a phone to scan your finger prints, which is very unique when your fingers can be wet or dirty. No other finger print scanner can claim that honor.

13. TerryTerius unregistered

Are you... Positive that's how Sony's fingerprint scanner works? I know for a fact that Qualcomm announced it had figured out how to do that but as far as I know no one has implemented it yet. I don't remember seeing anyone anywhere report that Sony's fingerprint scanners work like that either. There were some rumors going around a while ago, but that's about it. Have you seen something official?

9. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

A front-facing fingerprint scanner is the most natural position for me.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I unlock my phone by the home button most of the time so I think it is the best place.

14. FReDcc

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

it wont be easy for making payments with scanner on side

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The wake up gestures like the Bb10 bezel and tap to wake were great and huge deals before but fingerprint scanners pretty much killed them. I would love if they could combine swipe up + finger print scan together somehow.

16. drtrigsman

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Can you do an article on phones without fingerprint scanners also, please?

18. NightSurfer

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Also the ZTE Nubia z9 elite version with TiO (Three-in-One) button - The volume, power button and fingerprint scanner in one button on the side of the phone.

19. Elfmonster unregistered

This mint green nextbit thing is the prettiest phone I've ever seen in 2D

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