Smartphones with fingerprint scanner embedded in the display to be unveiled in H1

Smartphones with fingerprint scanner embedded in the display to be unveiled in H1
The Korean biometric juggernaut CrucialTek recently scored a patent approval of its embedded fingerprint sensing technology that can be installed in an area on the display panel itself, instead of wasting space as scanner or touch-based fingerprint reader in the home button. A similar tech was rumored for Samsung's Galaxy line, but it never materialized in the S5 or Note 4, and, from the looks of it, it won't be in the S6, too.

It will, however, be in a phone next quarter at the latest, hinted CrucialTek in an interview today, leaving us wonder which smartphones will get the under-glass finger scanning first. Meizu MX5 is rumored to come with breathtaking specs, and this time its fingerprint scanner won't be in the home key, as per the speculation, so that's one candidate right there. This would pave the way for phones with biometric scanning that don't need to have huge bottom bezels in order to accommodate said sensors - looking at you, iPhone 6 or Galaxy S5.

Furthermore, Apple patented a similar tech recently, so hopes are high we might finally get rid of those huge home button abominations on big-screen phones like the iPhone 6 Plus or Note 4, and have a more favorable screen-to-phone ration on biometrics-laden handsets. As to the exact technology behind the under-glass scanning, it is possibly reliant on CrucialTek's Matrix-Switching Touchscreen Panel (MS-TSP), but we will know more when the sci-fi method actually launches in a phone in the next few months. In the meantime, marvel at CrucialTek's touchscreen finger scanning prototype below.

source: KoreaHerald

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13 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Great, so soon iPhones and Galaxies wont need huge bezels any more Hopefully this company partners up with Samsung, LG, JDI, Sharp,... so it becomes wide spread sooner

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Even phones with on-screen buttons have the huge bezel at the bottom. I have nothing against it though. As i firmly believe that top and bottom bezel should be equal or it looks unproportional and ugly,

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

True, I'd like to see a phone like the Xperia ZL with its small equally size bezels

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

Nexus 5 and S4 have similarly sized bezels. Also the purported dimensions of S6 suggest the same.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

But the Xperia ZL had a small battery and was almost 10mm fat

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

10mm thick - it was 1+cm shorter than other 5" phones and doesn't have a protruding camera Small battery? - the Xperia ZL has a 2370mAh battery, that's 40mAh more than the Xperia Z and 70mAh more than the HTC One M7 It was not bad at the time, especially since its about 1cm shorter than other 5" phones And its over 2 years old, tech is far better now E.g. smaller node processes (14nm vs 28nm), ePoP (combines AP, RAM and eMMC/UFS modules), integrated modems, zero air gaps in displays,...

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

i love how they only talk about crucial tek and not the other company, there are 2 companies that are making the ms-tsp working model is already out last year ing april

2. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

This will work for Android not ios. Google already has onscreen navigation in place. Apple won't be making that change anytime soon I wouldn't have thought

6. TBomb

Posts: 1560; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I personally like the home button... I turn on the screen with it and open my task manager with it.... not to mention I get to my homescreen with it. Dont go :(

8. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The next war front is mobile payment, Apple Pay nail right on how security payment should be combine finger print and NFC. And we all know Apple own touch ID sense and she will not license, so anyone evey try to copy that she can and will request ban card in court.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They have a patent on that particular type of fingerprint scanner. They can't patent the concept (though they will certainly try to claim it is covered, and with a jury of fools, who knows... )

10. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

If the Z4 had this it would be the winner phone of 2015 hands down.

13. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Perhaps it will be in the LG G4 superphone...since it us a korean company aswell.

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