We did hear that the “back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot” from a leakster with a good track record last week, and, lo and behold, today’s alleged CAD renders of the handset are seemingly confirming this claim. Not that it comes as any surprise that the Galaxy S9 may follow in the footsteps of the Note 8, and be launched with a dual camera, but it was the sensor placement that was a mystery, and we even made a few renders with horizontal or vertical dual camera design, based on various rumors.
Fingerprint scanners were made popular by the iPhone 5s way back in 2013. Housed in the home button at the front, Touch ID made phone unlocking super simple — press home button to wake the phone, wait for it to scan your finger to unlock. Naturally, it quickly became a trend and is now a standard feature that’s making its way to mid-range and even some lower level phones.
But not every phone has their fingerprint scanner on the front. Some had them installed on their backs, next to the camera, some have them on the side frame. In fact, with the war on the bezel …
The fingerprint scanner is an almost ubiquitous feature if
we talk about recent high-end (and even mid-range) smartphones. Even so, as you
probably already know, Apple decided that its iPhone X will be just
fine without it. Thus, there’s no fingerprint sensor anywhere on the new smartphone.
Previous rumors had it that Apple could try to embed a
fingerprint scanner into the 5.8-inch Super Retina screen of the iPhone X, since the device has no
physical home button. In the end, that didn’t happen. Nevertheless, the iPhone
X obviously does come with an authentication feature: …
The “will they, won’t they” saga with the notorious case of the disappearing in-display fingerprint reader seems poised to continue, as Samsung has recently been granted a patent for such a contraption, building on the notch-y scanner patent we saw not long ago. Not that we will see the under-glass thingy in time for the Galaxy S9, as Samsung’s marketing manager is on record tweeting that the “tech probably won’t be ready for retail by then.”
Make of it what you will, but it was not Samsung or Apple, and rather the Chinese phone maker Vivo (which shares a parent company with OnePlus) that showcased a working prototype of a phone with under-display finger scanner, based on its Xplay 6 model. Now, for the Xplay 7 next year, Vivo might have polished the technology enough to place it in a retail device, leaked intracompany presentation slides suggest.
So, the OnePlus 5 is gone — you can no longer buy it. What? Why? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery. Less than a year after releasing its latest “flagship killer”, OnePlus claims that they are all out of phone units.
Obviously, this is stirring up speculation that we are about to see a OnePlus 5T — a slightly updated phone, just like what the OnePlus 3T was to the OnePlus 3 last year. And OnePlus being inexplicably vague and stirring controversy is kind of the go-to move when the company is prepping up a marketing campaign. It’s a company built on user curiosity, word of mouth, and the first …
It has turned out to be one of the biggest technological difficulties of the year, affecting Samsung, Apple and most likely other less well-known smartphone manufacturers. Finding the solution could lead to a shift in more than several million dollars of handset sales. If you haven’t figured out what we are discussing here, it is the placement of a biometric fingerprint scanner embedded under a smartphone display. Such a placement is necessary for manufacturers to offer edge-to-edge “button-less” and “bezel-less” screens without resorting to less popular (read “rear-facing”) solutions.
At this year’s MWC Shanghai, Chinese manufacturer Vivo displayed smartphone prototypes that employ Qualcomm’s next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. While Qualcomm clearly stated that it will start sending the tech to phone makers for commercial sampling in Q4 2017, it appears that Vivo might have gotten a bit of a head start.