The Power of Your Fingerprint to Change the World of Smartphones

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For those who’ve been tracking mobile technology through the years, advancements such as the above have proven huge to the ongoing development of smartphones. Coming off IFA, an exciting new smartphone feature that has the same sort of potential is fingerprint. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the news, you’ll know that the industry is abuzz over potential applications of smartphone fingerprint technology from IT security to e-commerce to much more.

Although a few smartphones with fingerprint are currently available, Huawei’s new Ascend Mate7 is the latest and potentially the greatest. Equipped with the industry’s most advanced fingerprint reader, the Mate7 provided terrific reflection grounds for this post on the power of fingerprint to change the world of smartphones.

1. “One-touch” fingerprint technology does away with patterns and passwords


Most people unlock their phones some 150 times a day by either drawing a pattern or inputting a password. When considering how fingerprint could dramatically do away with these processes, the importance of “one-touch” like that featured in the Mate7 cannot be overestimated. There are fingerprint readers out there which require an additional tap, swipe, or finger scan before your fingerprint is recognized; however, if a fingerprint reader doesn’t offer better efficiency than current unlock options, users won’t turn to it.

With the Mate7, the phone can be repeatedly unlocked in less than a second with a simple touch – even when your fingers are wet or damp. This is thanks to a highly precise RF sensor integrated in the scanner so that the phone immediately wakes up as soon as your finger is on the pad. Also, the Mate7 requires you to record your fingerprint in multiple angles so you can unlock the phone with any part of your finger, true 360-degree fingerprint readability.

2. Fingerprint technology changes the game when it comes to smart device security


Personal IT security is a hot topic these days, and the search for reliable solutions even hotter. With a precise fingerprint reader that offers tantamount security, the industry may have just found a solution when it comes to device security in the Mate7.

The Mate7’s Huawei Kirin 925 processor utilizes technology from ARM TrustZone which houses the fingerprint service, storage, and transmitter of the sensor in an independent chip. Entirely separate from the Android system, fingerprint information contained on this chip cannot be accessed externally which means third-party app developers have zero access to it, and it cannot be stored on any server or backed-up into Cloud storage.

On a final note, the reader supports up to five sets of different fingerprint records, which can be allocated to normal and guest modes, so you can lend your phone to family and friends without having to worry about them accessing anything personal, like private folders, apps or payment information.

3. Fingerprint technology is about much more than unlocking your smartphone


While the immediate application of fingerprint technology in unlocking your smartphone is clear, fingerprint technology, as it continues to evolve, will dramatically alter the smartphone experience in other ways.

Playing around with the Mate7, you can snap photos by tapping the fingerprint reader. On large-screen phones like the 6-inch Mate7, this is extremely convenient for taking photos and selfies with one hand. It also helps that the Mate7’s fingerprint reader is strategically positioned on the back of the smartphone offering ease of access as well as preserving the design integrity of the front of the smartphone.

Another exciting area is the potential for fingerprint to be integrated into online payment and e-commerce platforms. Can you imagine securely and efficiently paying for online merchandise with the simple touch of your finger? The Huawei folks have already begun implementing online payment with the Mate7 in China – it will be fascinating to see how this expands to the world.

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24 Comments

1. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Mate7's fp is awesome, samsung should learn from them

17. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

No thanks, I prefers samsungs method as it's the more secure solution.

18. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

it isn't responsive, feels like an unfinished job

20. mewmew unregistered

That is wrong..

24. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

three Note 4s in my family all have the same problem. and its difficult to swipe on such a big phone.

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

are you simple are stupid mate 7 is way better check out android authority video on it josh talk and shows how well it is, it really is the best on the market right now deal with it, i love samsung but you got to love tech as well

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"by: Huawei" Lmao Seriously though, SS needs to step up their fingerprint game and learn from Apple and Huawei

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, they got to start paying "tech news" sites to feature their products.

19. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

HTC One Max, is that you? Like seriously Huawei, this is not your design in any way. All they did was merge the one max with a Samsung phone. Get some originality.

3. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

Must admit, this is a very good phone: checked it out on the weekend and yes, it has great features, is very well made from top quality materials and the screen was nice. But - and there's always a but - it's a bit too pricey for the brand at this time and given the massive battery, the call and standby times I have heard people quote are a little underwhelming. Still, Huawei has superbly nailed the design and quality equations with this handset. Nice!

16. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

check out massive battery performance ! with 30 percent less MA in other flagships .. like note 4 and z3

4. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Nice looking phone, Huawei have done a great job, anyone know if the fingerprint reader is the home button too?

5. caustictoast

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

No it's android so it has a soft home button. Its the circle in the middle on the screen of the too picture. If anything its a power button, but I can't say for certain

8. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Thanks for pointing that out, just noticed it.

6. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

a great job of taking the htc m8 and modifying it just a little bit.

15. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

:))) this company has nothing in ego

7. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

my NEXt", )

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Killer spec, killer price, and killer materials, no one does better than this

12. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Note 4

14. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

yeah i see no one !!!!

10. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Good device but not great. Too expensive for a chinaphone.

21. mewmew unregistered

Yeah, Iphone is a China phone too, and it bends and is much cheaper too....

13. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

yeah .. every thing beautiful at behind the glass in shop ! every thing can be perfect in theory , let see some review about how it works !

23. aymnga

Posts: 30; Member since: Aug 19, 2012

there are reviews about this phone in different tech sites like CNET., gsmarena and PHONEARENA!!!!!

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