Qualcomm partners with display maker BOE to offer in-screen fingerprint readers to more phones

Qualcomm partners with display maker BOE to offer in-screen fingerprint readers to more phones
We all like to enjoy bigger screens on smartphones and better security. Some smartphone vendors have already delivered in-screen fingerprint scanners, such are, for example, the new Samsung Galaxy S20 phones. Now, CNET reports that more phones are going to get in-screen fingerprint scanners as Qualcomm is now partnering with BOE, the world’s second largest OLED display manufacturer for flexible screens.

The China-based company is responsible for providing screen panels for foldable phones, such as Motorola Razr, as well as models from Oppo, Nubia and various other phone vendors. Huawei’s Mate XS also has a BOE-manufactured display.

Qualcomm is offering a 3D fingerprint scanner technology that only Samsung phones are using for now. By partnering with BOE, Qualcomm gets a bigger customer base. Additionally, handset companies will easily use the technology in their future smartphones.

The partnership is not only limited to smartphones, it also extends to VR/AR and smart home appliances. More devices, using Qualcomm’s in-screen fingerprint technology, are said to be announced in the second half of 2020.

Qualcomm’s sensor is different from other fingerprint technology that uses optical sensors to basically take a photo of your fingerprint as it uses sound waves to map ridges on the finger. The company declared the fingerprint scanner as a faster and more secure technology than other such implementations.


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