Confirmed: OnePlus 5 will feature a Snapdragon 835 processor and front fingerprint scanner

In recent years, fingerprint scanners have become almost ubiquitous when it comes to high-end (and even mid-end, or more modest) smartphones. 

While some handsets – like the iPhone 7 or HTC U11 – feature fingerprint scanners on the front, there’s a large number of important phones that have their scanners on the back – Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel, LG G6, and so on. As you may know, handsets made by OnePlus fall into the latter category – they’ve always had fingerprint scanners on the front. And we now know that this won’t change with the upcoming OnePlus 5.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dummy reveals that an embedded fingerprint scanner is likely

The image of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dummy was spotted on Chinese micro-blogging site weibo. A video of this Galaxy Note 8 dummy also exists, showing it next to the obviously much smaller Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Right off the bat, we can see that the new version of Samsung’s high-end phablet features a vertically placed dual-camera setup on back, with what looks like a dual LED flash underneath.

Also of great importance is the lack of a fingerprint scanner on the back or the front of the device. This means that Samsung has apparently been able to fix the problem that prevented the …

Moto Z2 Force render leaks with dual-camera setup and re-designed fingerprint scanner


Yesterday, we showed you a render of the Moto Z2, the sequel to last year’s thin (5.2mm) high-end handset. Today, we have a render of the next-gen series’ flagship model, the Moto Z2 Force. Right off the bat, we see a change in the shape of the fingerprint scanner from square to oval. In addition, there is a dual-camera setup on the back. The phone does feature the familiar 16-pin Moto Mod connectors.

The Moto Z line is expected to drop the DROID part of its name in the U.S., where the phones will reportedly not be Verizon exclusives in 2017. Last month, we passed along a tweet disseminated …

We're one step closer to on-screen fingerprint scanners, CrucialTec obtains US patent

Biometric solution developer CrucialTec has obtained a patent for its on-screen fingerprint solution in the US, according to The Investor. 
The technology, dubbed DFS (display fingerprint solution), can enhance the touch sensitivity capabilities on a fixed part of a smartphone display panel, allowing it to scan fingerprints. 
All of the components included in the module are transparent, while the company also boasts that the production process is highly efficient, as manufacturing can be shared …

Here's how to enable or disable fingerprint gestures on the Galaxy S8 and S8+

One thing that’s true for both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ is that they are rather tall phones that definitely require some getting used to. Placing the fingerprint scanner that high definitely does not help with the overall usability of the phone.
As a saving grace, Samsung has thrown in a bunch of usability features that make handling the galaxy S8 and S8+ a bit easier. One of our favorite ones lets you swipe down the fingerprint scanner at the back in order to bring down the notification and quick toggles shade. This potentially saves your thumbs from painfully …

Purported iPhone 8 dummy unit pictured with vertical dual cameras and under-screen fingerprint scanner

Designer and occasional leaker Benjamin Geskin claims to have obtained a dummy – more precisely, a CNC-machined model – of the upcoming iPhone 8. However, it’s difficult to discern which photos depict a physical unit, and which are a very good modeling job.

We are only certain about the pic showing the iPhone’s display, because Geskin ‘shopped it over a purported photo of the dummy unit. Do note that the screen he envisions covers the entire front, although there’s an overlay depicting the bottom bezel typical of all iPhones up to now.

Although the phone appears rather thick, Geskin …

Xperia X to get Android 7.1.2 Concept update without the fingerprint issues that plagued the Pixel

The Sony Concept team announced that it’s preparing an Android 7.1.2 concept update for the Xperia X smartphone. Concept releases are a way to get the latest pure Android version running on your Xperia phone if you would like that in place of the official Sony firmware, which is a reasonably clean build of Android as well.

The Android 7.1.2 update will bring Bluetooth connectivity improvements, battery usage alerts, and various other fixes. Notably, this Android build gave Google Pixel and some Nexus phones issues with their fingerprint sensors. The …

$100 nets you a big screen and a fingerprint scanner if you get the new LG Harmony on Cricket

$100 phones just get nicer with every passing year. If you look back a year or two ago, the choices in this price range were mostly rare and borderline offensive to anyone after a remotely decent user experience. Not any longer. Today, a Benjamin gets you something like the new LG Harmony, which just launched on Cricket.

The phone has a simple plastic build with metal accents, but isn’t ugly in any way. More importantly, it has a fairly big 5.3-inch display with a 720p resolution that’s not as sharp as 1080p, but still quite serviceable. There are an 8MP rear camera, …

Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks fingerprint sensor for many Pixel and Nexus users

We would think that after so many issues in the past, Google would take enough time to make sure that new Android updates are completely bug-free. Too many times Pixel and Nexus users had troubles with their phones after installing Android updates released by Google.

Unfortunately, the search giant did it again, as Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel and Nexus smartphones. For the time being, it’s unclear if this is a widespread issue or something isolated.

In any case, Google must replicate the bug before trying to find …

Why fingerprint gestures should become the norm for all smartphones

Last year, alongside the great influx of smartphones equipped with fingerprint scanners in all price ranges, a new trend emerged in the Android world, which, albeit on a small-scale still, is something that should turn into a mainstay of all smartphones.

The ever increasing screen sizes necessitate an alternative to the current input method — that is, tapping a touchscreen — that facilitates the user experience by making it easier to reach certain areas, and perform actions on a large display, without having to reach unnecessarily far or use a second hand.

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