Inferior fingerprint scanners to wiggle under midrangers' screens

Inferior fingerprint scanners to wiggle under midrangers' screens
Like it or not, the fingerprint readers that can be hidden under the phone's display, are here to stay, and are about to become ubiquitous. Patron, a Samsung supplier, is expecting to hit nearly a billion dollar revenue this year, on the back of the increased amount of camera modules and, yes, in-display finger scanners.

So far, such readers have been reserved mainly for the high-end models, but Samsung is planning to equip its midrangers with said under-screen biometric components, tips Korean media, starting with the new Galaxy A80 and its intriguing pop-up rotating camera.

The midrange Galaxies that will be anointed with the in-display readers, however, will have scanners of the cheaper and a tad slower optical variety, while the ultrasonic fingerprint modules will be reserved for the Galaxy S and Note lines.

This trend for using predominantly optical readers will hold for a while, it seems, as research firm IHS envisages a breakneck pace of in-display finger scanning growth - from 30 million last year to 180 million in 2019 - but only a fraction of those will be ultrasonic. 

In fact, as you can see from the IHS graph below, even in 2022, when we should have ten times more phones with the technology than last year, ultrasonic finger readers for display installment are expected to be a fraction of the total base. Oh well, hopefully the optical readers will be getting better with each iteration then.

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8 Comments

1. strawberry

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

i thought samsung makes its own fingerprint sensor?

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

Stating that optical are inferior to ultrasonic is debatable. Any scratches on the screen render ultrasonic fps useless as proven by Jerryrigeverything, whereas the optical still work with no issues.

3. AbhiD

Posts: 838; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Also Optical Ones are faster. Contrary to what the article claims

4. alanrock

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

some kind of sponsored ultrasonic reader ad...

6. oldskool50 unregistered

Your point isn't even valid, because he used a tool designed to scratch the screen beyond what everyday usage would ever do. So your whole point is completely worthless. Nothing you own in your pocket will scratch the screen enough to make it stop working. Stop reaching for straw bruh. all technology can be crippled if you set out to cripple it on purpose like Jerry does.

7. Poptart2828

Posts: 421; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Jerry tests for durability. Not to cripple the device. Optical scanners work in situations that ultrasonic does not. There are optic scanners out in the market that are much faster than the ultrasonic ones. Those are found in the Asian and Indian markets. Maybe that's why PA still insists in them being slow. They don't cover those markets or the oems selling there.

8. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'm not reaching for anything. Facts are facts and who's to say what will scratch a screen or even crack it? Any blemish in the fp area will disable an ultrasonic fps. End of story.

5. Poptart2828

Posts: 421; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

You can't fault PA. They know their target market "Apple" very well. Problem is, the US market is about 5 years behind in new tech and concepts. So they can only report what they know or experienced.

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