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Qualcomm’s new fingerprint sensor is bigger, faster, supports 2-finger authentication

Until recently most smartphones with fingerprint sensors used optical fingerprint recognition to let you login by placing your fingertip on a certain spot. But ultrasonic fingerprint sensors use sound waves instead, which allows them to be placed in a display rather than on the back or side of a phone. Now Qualcomm has unveiled a […]

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Samsung acknowledges Galaxy S10 fingerprint flaw, promises a fix

After a Samsung Galaxy S10 owner in Britain reported this week that the fingerprint sensor on her phone could be fooled simply by adding a screen protector to the phone, Samsung has acknowledged the issue and promised to fix it with an upcoming software update. The Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s first smartphone to feature an […]

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Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS: Triple cameras, in-display fingerprint reader, and 512GB of storage

If you thought Huawei’s new €899 P20 Pro smartphone was expensive, the Chinese phone maker has another model that makes it look cheap. The Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS has all of the P20 Pro’s best features, plus a higher-resolution display, two fingerprint sensors (an in-display model plus a rear sensor), and support for up to 512GB of […]

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Vivo X20 Plus with under-glass fingerprint sensor launches in China

The first smartphone with an in-display fingerprint sensor goes on sale February 1st for about $560. The Vivo X20 Plus features a 6.4 inch, 2160 x 1080 pixel display that covers most of the front of the phone. But rather than put a fingerprint sensor on the side or back, Vivo used under-glass fingerprint sensing […]

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Japan Display unveils transparent, glass-based fingerprint sensor

Synaptics and Vivo may already be showing off the first smartphone with an under-glass fingerprint sensor, but Japan Display plans to launch its own solution. Basically, the company says its transparent, glass-based, capacitive fingerprint sensor uses the same touch technology that’s already available in the company’s touchscreen displays to detect changes in capacitance when your […]

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Meizu launches M6s smartphone with Exynos 7872 and a fingerprint reader on the side

Chinese phone maker Meizu’s latest Android handset launches this week for about $150 and up. But like many of the company’s other smartphones, the Meizu M6s punches above its weight class. For about $150 you get a phone with 3GB of RAM, a 2:1 (18:9) aspect ratio display, 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras, and […]

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Vivo smartphones to be first with under-glass fingerprint sensor from Synaptics

This week Synaptics announced it’s begun mass production of an under-glass, in-display fingerprint sensor and that the company is working with a top five OEM. Earlier this year we’d heard that Chinese smartphone maker Vivo was working on phones with under-glass fingerprint sensors. Coincidence? Nope. In an article for Forbes, Patrick Moorhead says he got […]

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Synaptics says in-display fingerprint sensors for smartphones are coming soon

Rumor has it that the reason Apple dropped the fingerprint sensor from the iPhone X is that the company didn’t want to put it on the back of the phone, and that the technology required for under-glass fingerprint sensors wasn’t good enough yet. So Apple ditched fingerprints altogether, and went solely with its Face ID […]

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Qualcomm’s new Fingerprint sensors work under glass, under displays, and underwater

Qualcomm is probably best known for making the chips that power smartphones, but the company has also been developing fingerprint sensors for a while. The company’s latest drop the Sense ID name and are just called Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors. And along with the no-nonsense name come features designed for modern smartphone hardware. For example, there’s […]

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Vivo’s new phone may have a fingerprint sensor hidden beneath the screen

Chinese phone maker Vivo may not be a household name in the West. But the company was one of the top 5 smartphone makers in terms of shipment volume for a little while last year. And Vivo has a habit of unveiling devices with bleeding-edge features before they become more widely available on competitor’s devices. […]