One of the most anticipated new feature on a smartphone for 2017 actually didn’t make it to any phone at all and that it the in-display finger print scanner.
Apple and Samsung were on the forefront of this but none of them were able to get it right early enough. Samsung ended up moving the FPS to the back while Apple on the other hand used the controversial Face ID scanner instead.
It looks like we might be seeing this new tech on a smartphone next year as a biometrics firm called Synaptics just announced that it has developed the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanner named the “Clear ID FS9500”.
Designed for phones with near bezel-free screens and the new on-screen scanner reads the user’s fingerprint with a single touch on a specified part of the glass.
The firm also claims that the in-display fingerprint scanner is already undergoing mass production and will be used on a handset being manufactured by a “Top 5” smartphone manufacturer.
According to a statement by senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics -Kevin Barber, he said;
“Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself.
Synaptics’ Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market.”
Although no brand was actually mentioned aside the fact that it’s one of the top 5 manufacturers, but synaptics might have just hinted the brand when it said “with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays”.
At the moment we still don’t know for sure what the brand is but it’s most likely Samsung as it’s one of the top 5 with OLED display and one of the first to spot infinity display this year.