On-screen fingerprint scanning solutions coming to smartphones in 2017

Fingerprint sensors have become the norm in the smartphone industry, but there's one thing that manufacturers of such security solutions did not get right yet, on-screen fingerprint scanning.

As more handset makers are starting to remove the Home button and go for bezel-less designs, fingerprint sensors are gradually migrating to the back of the phones.

Although rumors from a few months ago claimed Samsung Galaxy S8 might be the first smartphone to feature an on-screen fingerprint scanner, the latest images of the phone reveal the South Korean company has chosen an entirely different solution.

Fingerprint module maker CrucialTec is one of the first to have made a breakthrough in the field, as the company confirmed it would start supplying on-screen fingerprint scanning solutions to smartphone manufacturer this year.

The security solution allows fingerprint authentication on a smartphone screen, removing the need to add a Home button or having the scanner positioned on the back side of the device.

A CrucialTec spokesperson confirmed that the company's on-screen fingerprint solution, which is called Display Fingerprint Solution or DFS, has already received positive responses from its clients, and that the first smartphones embedding the new solution will be available on the market in 2017.

Talking about DFS, CrucialTec's official said the sensor is sensitive enough to detect a touch of a single hair and can extract a high-res fingerprint at 500 dots per inch.

CrucialTec also stated that it plans to start selling an upgraded solution that would allow fingerprint authentication on any part of the smartphone screen next year.

source: The Investor



1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Just not in the near $1000 Galaxy S8..

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Or the new iPhone which will be the same price+ smh!!

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

How do you know. You haven't seen any leaks of the iPhone X. You have seen leaks of the S8. Sounds like wishful thinking to me! Also, the reports of Touch ID going away is merely misinformation. The dedicated home button with Touch ID is going away, not Touch ID itself!

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nah, the latest iPhone x rumor from kgi securities analyst ming-chi kuo, has face recognition taking over the duties of touch ID and Apple doing away with it, which was backed by Apple buy a company that specializes in face recognition. I hope that touch ID will be embedded in th screen like previous rumors suggest but IDK what to think now. Besides I already talked about this here on this article http://www.phonearena.com/news/Ming-Chi-Kuo-sees-revolutionary-front-camera-for-the-Apple-iPhone-8_id91232/comments/page/3

10. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Apple just inned pre patent (which means they will only release the patent next year) of this technology. They don't want to use the qualcomm one. So yea, you can expect it will take 1,5 years from now for Apple

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I don't care who comes it at first but someone who can implement it better.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope they add a gesture pad on the back I love using the fingerprint reader for gestures I games could use them too

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6868; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

But...but...I have to use the screen? Now you're saying I have to put electrical tape across the screen to prevent my fingerprints from being harvested?!? Let me guess...when fingerprints and iris scans become mandatory, that will be the day burner phones become illegal.

9. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Exactly what I thought!!, the main issue with this security method is the screen itself, which is the main security mechanism in question. Better design an anti finger stain screen or we're going to have a lot of security breaches in the following years to come. It's a neat idea tho, personally I would buy a phone with this technology, but I'll try to keep the screen as clean as possible.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6868; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I think the tech in our phones is amazing. But I'm against this stuff becoming mandatory.

7. monoke

Posts: 1195; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I get the feeling Sony will be the first to implement this. If not one of the lesser name chinese oems.

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