Poll results: Would you use fingerprint scanners more if they were placed on the side of phones?
The ubiquity of fingerprint scanners today comes with a price, though. Manufacturers are usually embedding the reader in the home keys beneath the display, which calls for an obligatory physical clicker there, and makes creating phones with excellent screen-to-body ratio more problematic. Granted, the new Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+ have a fingerprint reader built into the physical home key, and still boast the best screen-to-body ratio for their display diagonal, but Apple, for instance, which uses a circular home key, seems forever destined to make phones that are quite large for their panel size because of that.
There are a few companies that do away with the finger-scanner-in-the-home-key paradigm, like Huawei, for example. It placed the reader of the Mate7 on its back, achieving excellent screen-to-body-ratio on the huge phablet. That is still not an ideal solution, though, as you can't unlock the phone or authorize payments with the it when lying face-up on the desk, for instance. That is why Huawei is now introducing a unique fingerprint scanner placement with the new Honor 7i, moving it on the left side, directly under your finger at all times.
This is why we asked you yesterday, if you would use the fingerprint reader on your phone more if it is taken out to the side of the handset, instead of being all the way down beneath the display, or on the back of the phone. Well, it turns out that more than half of you would find such placement more comfortable, and would use the scanner more at the sides, which bodes well for the Huawei 7i and the others that might follow. In fact, just about 13% say they never use the fingerprint reader on their handsets, so the industry could really take note here.