Phones with in-display fingerprint scanners are becoming the new norm



It was just a season ago when we marveled at the first phone prototype with "anywhere" finger scanner situated in the display itself. That Vivo Apex concept you see us previewing above subsequently became a reality, and the floodgates opened. 

Not only are we expecting one of the defining new Galaxy S10 features to be a new generation of ultrasonic in-display finger readers, but there are 45 million orders for such scanners for this year's phones by Chinese makers alone, tips Korean media today.

Huawei is expected to order 6 million units for its fall flagships like the Mate 20 Pro, Xiaomi is modest with 3 million, but Vivo and Oppo together are taking in-display scanners to sub-$500 phones en masse, with 33 million in-screen scanner orders combined. 

Thus, not even next year, but 2018 is shaping up to be the mass market adoption of in-display fingerprint readers which would free phone makers to go wild on further bezel shrinking without having to move the scanners on the back. Sweet!

source: ETNews (translated)

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17 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1535; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Finally Finger print scanners returning to where they work best, the front. I did not get a phone with back finger print scanner as not that helpful then phone flat on desk.

9. baldilocks

Posts: 1412; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I still prefer the fingerprint sensor on the back. Why not have it in both locations?

11. Subie

Posts: 2223; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

That'd be great. Physical on the back, and under the screen on the front. The extra selling price of the phone might be one drawback though...

13. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

My next phone has it on the side integrated into the power button. I feel like I'm going to like that...

15. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I think it when Sony had their finger print sensor on the side.

2. cncrim

Posts: 1515; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Fingerprints on the front is way to go all the way.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1575; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

remember when apple fanboys said faceid is way better than fingerprint sensors? I member.

4. cncrim

Posts: 1515; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

FaceID is not too bad however the Apple way implemented it make it not ask good as TouchID, on top of that she being cheap and removed it all together.

5. toukale

Posts: 588; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@drunkenjay - Actually those oem's are only going the cheaper route and I don't blame them one bit. This is android where cheap price is the only way to move products at scale. FaceId is too expensive and not ready for those oem's to implement. It has nothing to do with what you are suggesting, it has everything to do with costs and what's available for all those oem's to use.

6. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5465; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

So do you know what a FaceID unit cost and what an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor cost?

8. Subie

Posts: 2223; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Good question Rebel. I'm sure licensing costs and availability also come into play here as well as the cost of building the hardware.

10. toukale

Posts: 588; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Have no idea. It most likely have to do with the fact that both Qualcomm and Synaptics which everyone but Apple get their fingerprint sensors from do not have a FaceId Tech that is as good as faceid ready to go.

16. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If it's the ultrasound type sensors. Then they are not cheap right now. Where as the camera versions embedded under the displays couldn't be that expensive. Plus they will be less secure than the ultrasonic sensors.

12. tedkord

Posts: 16974; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ah, life inside the RDF is so simple.

17. ijuanp03

Posts: 424; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

faceID isn't convenient. Period. Some people just glance their phones on a table that doesn't require you to raise your phone to a level where it sees your face. Fingerprint fixes this so Apple made a u-turn in terms of usability.

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1412; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Don't like them on the front. I can have it unlocked by the time I get it out of my pocket when it's on the rear of the device.

14. Brewski

Posts: 651; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

But with in-display fingerprint scanners, if you reach into your pocket it will be unlocked just by grabbing the phone? Or by picking it up off the desk?

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