Published: Thu, December 14, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Display fingerprint sensors to be available in 2018 - the next big feature?

Display fingerprint sensors to be available in 2018 - the next big feature?

It works on wet, dry and cold fingers.

"Designed for smartphones with infinity displays, Synaptics' Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors magically activate in the display only when needed", an excerpt reads.

It's not clear who the smartphone manufacturer set to incorporate Clear ID is, or when the smartphone that incorporates it will ship to the masses.

Big news from Synaptics today, with the company announcing that we will finally get a look at under-display fingerprint reading technology next month at CES. Mass production of a new Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensors is about to start which means mobile device makers can integrate the technology soon into future products. What we do know is that it's a Top 5 OEM, meaning it could be Samsung, OPPO, Huawei, Vivo, or Xiaomi. "Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are created to be compatible with the recently announced Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display, Glass and Metal are created to be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms", a Qualcomm spokesperson had said. However, chances are that Synaptics is referring to an Android manufacturer this time.

The upcoming CES 2018 would be wonderful as many technology giants and smartphones manufacturers will reveal their most incredible technology gadgets with innovative features in the event.

The rise of infinity displays makes it tough for OEMs to place the fingerprint sensor anywhere but under the screen.

One of the first phones to sport such technology could be the Galaxy S9, which could be shown during CES in January.

It must be noted that the company has supplied display components to Apple in the past. With this suite Clear ID delivers security.

Synaptics claims that the Clear ID is twice as fast as the 3D facial biometrics, something on which the Apple iPhone X heavily relies upon. The Galaxy S9 may also come with a FaceID-like feature. Clearly a shot at the iPhone X's Face ID.

Yet whether Apple would continue to use facial recognition as its yardstick or turn to fingerprint ID remains an unclear thing.

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