Tuesday , July 17 2018

Get ready for even better integrated fingerprint sensors, with this breakthrough announcement from Synaptics. The new “Clear ID FS9500” fingerprint sensor is designed for phones with next to no bezels (like the LG V30+ above), and provides fingerprint authentication through the display panel itself.

In one sense, Synaptics’ new technology really isn’t that new – it provides the same fingerprint authentication that we’re used to, except that it happens under the display glass. This means no “chin” on the phone to incorporate a sensor, and no need for a rear-mounted sensor that can be mistaken for a camera lens.

As to which smartphone maker will include the technology first, that remains mostly unknown. However, some of the language from Synaptics’ announcement gives us a couple of hints:

  • The fingerprint technology is included in partnership with a “top five” smartphone company.
  • The company refers to the demand for “bezel-free OLED infinity displays”, which is the precise same language used by Samsung for its 8 series phones.

All signs, therefore, point to Samsung’s next Galaxy S device including the new tech and doing away with the troublesome rear-mounted sensor they opted for this year.

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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