The world’s leading biometrics technology company, Synaptics, has announced the mass production of its first in-display fingerprint sensor on Tuesday. The new “Clear ID FS9500” fingerprint sensor is going to come with a “top five” smartphone manufacturer sometime next year; in other words, we are very possible to be able to choose between a Face ID-style or a Clear ID-style biometric system in the future.
2017 witnessed several big changes in smartphones. First, the bezels were banished from the front displays. Also, the fingerprint sensors were moved to the back of the devices, or even completely removed in the case of the iPhone X.
Synaptics’ in-display fingerprint sensor resembles other one-touch authentication systems, but it will operates underneath the display while ensuring the rest of the screen won’t be interfered with after the device has been unlocked. The company seems quite optimistic regarding the future of the technology even though there just have been prototypes until now. Working with both rigid and curved OLED displays to offer an instantaneous unlock mechanism, it claims that the speed of the in-display fingerprint sensor can be twice as much as a 3D facial recognition system runs.
Due to the bezel-less infinity display design, the in-display fingerprint sensors deliver a button-less experience. More importantly, according to Synaptics, they will be working better with a variety of situations such as dry, wet and cold fingers. Being protected under glass, it would be waterproof and scratch-proof.
By integrating it with PurePrint anti-spoof technology, Synaptics ensures that the in-display fingerprint sensors can use AI to examine fingerprint images and distinguish actual fingers from spoofs. Its SecureLink tech also combines support for AEC encryption and ECC authentication with TLS protocol.
The in-display fingerprint sensors will be applied to a wide variety of high-end mobile devices of which front-end come with the non-bezel displays. Synaptics has narrowed possible smartphone manufacturers down to one of the top OEMs (including Samsung, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Apple) but many insiders thinks that the Samsung Galaxy S9 may be the first smartphone to adopt the technology.