It's on, people. The race for eliminating the finger-scanner-in-home-button paradigm, that is. Synaptics, the maker of all things 3D touch-y and biometric-y just announced a new 6x6mm Natural ID FS4500 fingerprint sensor that can be used with hefty cover glass on top.
In addition, Synaptics is working towards the goal to incorporate the sensor under the smartphone's protective display cover itself, so in the future handsets might be all-screen down to the lower edge, without pesky chins to get in the way of your screen-to-body ratio, like what is speculated that the iPhone 8 will try to achieve. One Korean competitor has already created such a solution, but Synaptics has the advantage of being the biggest name here, and its under-glass Natural ID FS4500 fingerprint sensor is now sampling with customers, and expected to enter mass production as soon as Q4.