You may or may not know, but last year around this time Samsung said they wanted to put the fingerprint sensor inside the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The tech wasn’t ready when they were ready to release the phone, so they decided to put it in the best place possible (note sarcasm). Jump ahead to CES 2018. Synaptics and Vivo, introduce the “world’s first” in screen fingerprint sensor on a cell phone.
What This Means
Well, it could mean a couple things. Apple for one can put back the actual fingerprint sensor on the successor to the iPhone X. Companies like Samsung, LG, Huawei, etc., can remove the sensor from the back of the phone to possibly free up more space for a bigger battery. Other companies will be able to remove the fingerprint sensor from a button on the front of the phone to make room for more screen real estate. People love that “zero bezels” look.
The senior vice president and general manager of the mobile division of Synaptics says:
Synaptics’ Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics
In practice, it does seem to register your fingerprint a tad slower than its physical counterparts. While convenience is subjective, security is pretty serious. Think about it: your fingerprint has to be stored somewhere in order for your phone to know it’s you trying to unlock your phone. Don’t worry, Synaptics has your back.
Synaptics optical fingerprint sensors are available with SentryPoint™ technology, offering OEMs a wide-range of unique and highly secure authentication features including: Quantum Matcher™ for adaptive fingerprint template matching and authentication; PurePrint™ anti-spoof technology to examine fingerprint images using unique artificial intelligence technology to distinguish between spoofs and actual fingers; and SecureLink™ which combines support for TLS protocol with ECC authentication and AES encryption.
My biggest takeaway from this is PurePrint (the anti-spoof tech) and SecureLink (encryption). We keep a lot of data on our phones. The safer it is, the better.
Thoughts on This Fingerprint Sensor
As long as this can be a reliable way to unlock your phone, I think it can be great. Synaptics says it will still be able to function with “wet, dry and cold fingers”. That remains to be seen. Nevertheless, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work as long as your phone can recognize touch.
What do you think? Do you think it’s a good idea to take another button away from phones? Also, how do you think it would be able to handle a crack in the screen? Don’t be shy! Let us know in the comments!