Qualcomm unveils world's biggest fingerprint sensor for smartphones

Qualcomm unveils world's biggest fingerprint sensor for smartphones
Qualcomm was the first company to introduce an under-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, the 3D Sonic Sensor, the same piece of technology that's now embedded under Samsung Galaxy S10's stunning display.

Fast forward one year and the US company announced an upgrade to its last year ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, the 3D Sonic Max, which promises to accurately scan a fingerprint in three dimensions.

Unlike the first iteration that only allows users to scan one fingerprint, the 3D Sonic Max lets you scan two fingerprints at the same time. 3D Sonic Max, the latest version of Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor offers a recognition area that is 17x larger than the previous generation, allowing for increased security via simultaneous two-finger authentication, increased speed and ease of use.

This makes the 3D Sonic Max the world's largest fingerprint sensor and also the first in the world to enable two-finger authentication. On top of that, 3D Sonic Max promises to deliver 1::1,000,000 rather than 1::50,000, which should prevent fingerprint spoofing and inaccurate results. Qualcomm also claims that its new fingerprint sensor is faster than the previous generation, but doesn't say by how much.

We have yet to learn which handset makers will implement Qualcomm's new fingerprint sensor into their phones, but it looks like Samsung might be one of its clients.



1. sgodsell

Posts: 7585; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you scan two fingers, then it makes it more secure than Apples current FaceID.

2. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Or, one finger and one toe, that's even more secure!

5. foreverNOOB

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Oh dear!! That's too secure to imagine how real life situation will turns out.

10. TBomb

Posts: 1666; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

"Hang on guys, can't unlock my phone unless I take my shoes off" :P

7. Feanor

Posts: 1420; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'd wager that any fingerprint scanner is more secure than face recognition.

3. horsepower288

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

That there, comment of the day

4. foreverNOOB

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Not exactly the first with two fingerprints scanner tech as Vivo was the first with such prototypes, the Vivo APEX and APEX 2019. Both comes with 2 fingers capable scanner, But it's not Ultrasonic. So, that's it. Also, we have to wait and see if any manufacturer plan to employ this tech in commercial device or not.

13. Poptart2828

Posts: 463; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Technology comes from all corners of the world. PA needs to get out more and accept the world is round and not flat.

6. saddameu

Posts: 31; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

the fingerprint of s10 is terrible compared to my old classic s8 , make it as good as the old classic fingerprint readers and i'll be more than happy

8. Guseinguliev

Posts: 132; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

I always used android flagships and as usual they all have a fingerprint scanner, but after iPhone xs I realized that the most convenient unlocking of a smartphone is face id.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1378; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Don’t care for FP sensors anymore - Face ID is so much more practical, so much more convenient, and within apps and websites it’s flawless. Not giving up my Face ID!

14. extraterestial

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 08, 2019

how surprising from iPhone user.

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