Microsoft Surface Phone could have a fingerprint scanner baked into the display

Microsoft Surface Phone could have a fingerprint scanner baked into the display
Microsoft's rumored Surface Phone looks to be teetering on the bring of extinction. In fact, Redmond's smartphone endeavors in general look to be dying a painful public death. Any hope of a revival to diversify the Android-iOS duopoly could rest almost squarely on the enigmatic Surface Phone, which probably won't make it out until next year, if at all. Still, there's always hope, and according a recently published patent, Microsoft seems to be looking into smartphone displays with in-built fingerprint scanners. 

Most current smartphone fingerprint sensors are baked into either the home button below the display, or to the rear of the device just beneath the camera sensor. Microsoft's idea would bring fingerprint-sensing to both LCD and OLED displays, and would both save space and allow for thinner smartphone designs. 

Microsoft Surface Phone could have a fingerprint scanner baked into the display

According to the patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the system would entail a wave guide and filter placed beneath the display glass. When a fingerprint is pressed on the display, a sensor to the side of the glass would detect the various ridges of the print.

A patented idea, although somewhat promising, is not quite the same as a final product. Big companies like to collect patents just in case — often with little or no intention or ever utilizing them. 

We've heard about multiple different Surface Phone versions with high-end, unannounced Snapdragon chips and copious amounts of RAM. As the years roll on, it could well be that Surface Phone is never going to see the light of day. If it is more than just vaporware, though, we certainly would not balk at a display with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

You can check out the patent in more detail at the source. As we await more news on the elusive Surface Phone, take a look at the concepts in the gallery and let us know in the comments what you'd like to see from a flagship-level Redmond handset.


source: WIPO via MSPoweruser

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47 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sounds like a clone of Qualcomm's Sense ID that's already being materialized: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Qualcomm-Sense-ID-unveiled-ultra-sonic-fingerprint-sensors_id66687 Would be awesome if it comes with the first fingerprint scanner that works with gloves one...

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

What the heck are you saying, MrElectrifyer? How could a fingerprint reader be able to scan your prints through a glove? Fingerprints aren't accesible from any other medium than from the fingers themselves.

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Who the hell even needs that if you have an iris scanner or a trusted device?

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"How could a fingerprint reader be able to scan your prints through a glove?" That's the innovation I'm waiting to see if they can materialize, it's a solution to problems with current fingerprint readers. With ultra sonic sensors like what Qualcomm has (which penetrates through glass/plastic/metal to get to your finger), I'd imagine they can program the sensor to scan further than the screen thickness...perhaps train it with different gloves.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's so cool! I hope this comes out and does well. The duopoly we have now is getting kinda boring honestly. I'd buy this over an iPhone in a heartbeat!

4. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Also, those renders are beyond gorgeous! I love WM because of the UI, and that mockup of the device meshes perfectly with it..

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

App selection alone will keep this phone on the shelf.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I disagree. The only app of the major 6 that isn't available on WM is Snapchat. Everything else is there. Sure, quality needs improvement, and marketing could be stronger, but WM isn't a failure yet.

22. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

The facebook app is s**tty and I don't think it's Facebook's official app. Even the skype app is crap on Windows Phone... I am using a windows phone for the past one and a half year.

31. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The facebook app is pretty s**tty on all platforms.

28. GreenMan

Posts: 2683; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

As I once said; what WP lack are hip apps...! Almost all other apps are there from IMs to Browsers to Social Media to Cloud storage (Except Snapchat and Instagram which is STILL in beta)... THE QUALITY COULD IMPROVE, THOUGH... COULD REALLY IMPROVE... And that's when Project IslandWood comes into play... With Project IslandWood, it's MUCH easier for developers to port their apps from iOS to Windows 10 Mobile... Have you seen the Facebook and Messenger Apps for W10M...? iOS Clones, I'd say...! But somehow they blend perfectly with W10M's design...! I'd only devs could embrace it with open arms and spend some hours to complie their apps to W10M... S'Day!

30. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

The Facebook app sucks big time... The notifications appear very late and replying to comments is a mess... Often it will redirect you to the web browser while replying to a comment.

33. Leo_MC

Posts: 6091; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I don't get snapchat... I had it installed for... maybe 5 minutes and removed it because I got no real usage out of it.

36. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I actually like Windows phones. For work I switch between Android, iOS and WM and I do like the Windows one. True it might miss a lot of apps, but especially for work it has all it needs for most people. We made the switch to WM for certain users and I've noticed how stupid users can be. They find it difficult to navigate a Windows phone (since they are used to either Android or iOS) and I'm like whut? Windows interface is pretty straight forward if you ask me.

38. qjphone

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

And 100s of educational and gaming and entertainment as well as if you use public transport many eticket apps sorry but ya missed quite alot of apps that aren't on Windows you fail.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, just like app selection kept Windows tablets on the shelf ( https://goo.gl/pNa4Sd )...oh wait.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7383; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol, that picture........priceless!

39. qjphone

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Tablets have more in common with laptops next.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

People didn't think so until the Surface landed...same with Smartphones now. People, like you here, are having a hard time realizing that Smartphines are merely another form-factor of a PC. Once something like the SyncPhone is fully materialized, I'm sure you'll start believing...

43. qjphone

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Without an ecosystem smartphones are worthless.

12. Bankz

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Exactly. Infact, I'd wager that windows mobile has the best mobile UI on the market tbh. And if this phone is actually real, I'd get it in a heart beat.. The worst is the android UI with disoriented/uneven/clutteres icons/widgets everywhere. No uniformity whatsoever!

29. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

The windows all apps menu to the right is a mess... You have to scroll and scroll to get to an app... Yes, you can search the app but that list view not very practicle...

37. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I wouldn't say a mess, since they are sorted alphabetically. That's why you place most used apps on the homescreen. But granted with a lot of apps, scrolling is a bit bothersome

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 6091; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I wouldn't buy it in a heartbeat but you are right about the duopoly.

3. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Really hoping this phone something special I still use my 950 every so often because windows is the only is that can change the world. Back to note 7 and Nexus til my dream windows mobile device comes.

5. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

is fingerscanner really important ??

8. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 399; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Nope it's not that important it's the fact Microsoft is taken forever to polish windows 10 mobile. Heck they are finally getting rid of the Lumia name but haven't even named the replacement or really put a good push for mobile since Balmer.

23. monoke

Posts: 1113; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

À bit overhyped feature imo. Imagine if meizu or leeco were the only ones implementing it today and not apple even though they're not the first (moto atrix). We wouldn't even be talking about it.

34. Leo_MC

Posts: 6091; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Today it's the best way of fast unlocking the device with the highest level of security in place.

9. shield

Posts: 782; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

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