2017 top-tier smartphones that still have a fingerprint scanner on the front

Fingerprint scanners were made popular by the iPhone 5s way back in 2013. Housed in the home button at the front, Touch ID made phone unlocking super simple — press home button to wake the phone, wait for it to scan your finger to unlock. Naturally, it quickly became a trend and is now a standard feature that's making its way to mid-range and even some lower level phones.

But not every phone has their fingerprint scanner on the front. Some had them installed on their backs, next to the camera, some have them on the side frame. In fact, with the war on the bezel going on this year, some phones that have had their fingerprint scanner on the front in previous iterations have now had it move in an awkward place on the back (looking at you, S8 and Note 8). Or, in the case of the iPhone X, it's completely gone — poof, no more fingerprint scanner.

This got us thinking — "Wait a second! What top-tier phones are left still have a touch scanner on the front?". See, the point is not to call one product good and another bad. But a lot of people out there actually prefer their fingerprint scanner to be on the front. With a look at who still adheres to this design decision, we might get a good idea of where the trend is headed. Though, a solid flow of rumors suggests that we will be seeing fingerprint scanners embedded in the display glass next year, this is our current reality:



1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

No s8 and note 8 Come Paul manafort, just how much apple paid u to omit Samsung phones to mislead readers?

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Don't be an idiot. Some people prefer their fingerprint scanners on the front of their devices. This is not a shot at LG or Samsung. It is letting people know that there are still top-tier smartphones with fingerprint scanners on the front that were released in 2017. Actually read the article next time.

3. EvilAPi

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 25, 2017

Read the title again.

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Android is about choices. Don't limit yourself to just Galaxies.

5. paul.k

Posts: 305; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

$487 and a month's worth of donuts.

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

That's not a bad deal.

6. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

where are the FP scanners of your overly expensive touch screen remote controls, i mean... S8 & N8? LOL! read the article first before crying. if you don't understand, ask the help of a 1st grader. haha!

8. loma87

Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 2017

What about Huawei P10 and Honor 9 and Xiaomi Mi 6? They also have a front mounted fingerprint reader. To be honest, the best place for a fingerprint reader is on the front. I've used both front and back fingerprint readers and what I hate about the fingerprint reader placed on the back is when the phone is sitting on my desk and I get a notification, I need to either lift the phone and unlock it (which is very inconvenient) or to use the unlock pattern which is a security disaster. All my friends know my unlock pattern. :-)

11. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes I would include the P10 and Mi 6 on that list. Also the S7 edge. It's still a beauty.

9. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

How about the best camera smartphone on the planet which also has a front facing fingerprint and soon to have one under the screen. Vivo xplay series.

10. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Hu!? Vivo? What is vivo?

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