Xiaomi gives the in-display fingerprint scanner more real estate, making it easier to use



One problem with current in-display fingerprint scanners like the ones found on the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, is that the area of the screen where the user must tap is limited in size. To make sure that his finger is touching the exact area of the display required for the biometric scanner to do its thing, the phone's owner usually has to look down at the screen while touching it. This could make unlocking the phone on the run a bit problematic.

As it turns out, Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi might have solved this problem for its users. The company's co-founder and president, Bin Lin, took to Weibo (via GSM Arena) to post a video that shows a prototype handset with a larger active unlocking area on the screen. Bin's original video was uploaded on YouTube, and you can find it at the top of this article. The executive says that the unlocking area on the prototype measures 50mm x 25mm, 5 times the size of current in-display fingerprint readers. This larger space allows users to unlock their phone without having to stop to see exactly where to place their finger on the glass.

Bin says that if the technology is well received by Xiaomi fans, he will have it included on future handsets. Meanwhile, yesterday Oppo revealed that next month, it will show off a new in-display fingerprint scanner at MWC in Barcelona. This new biometric reader will come with an active unlocking area 15 times larger than the space used on current models equipped with the feature.

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9 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Uhhhh...ok...I'm missing something...

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4104; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Looks decent if this is actual and not a simulation. Nice and fast. Hopefully it improves security over a basic optical sensor.

3. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

That's a huge area. Wonder if they had to make the phone a mm thicker?

4. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

the Chinese always in front

5. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Finally. The tech is almost ready for prime time. Having to look and aim at a single spot was the only drawback.

6. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Glad I got the Xiaomi Poco a few months ago, would continue with this line if this gets implemented in the next models.

7. CEDEOTB

Posts: 391; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Will it cost battery size?

8. alligator

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Good technology but just imagine how many unintentional touches will be having when we get the phone out of the pocket. I think the size of the working area should be smaller.

9. matistight

Posts: 980; Member since: May 13, 2009

Ok crabby. How often does that even happen? You've never owned an iPhone, Samsung, any phone with a home button in the front

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