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You'll have to wait for Qualcomm's fingerprint-scanning displays

03 July 2017

The fact that Qualcomm had managed to nail this technology and successfully implement it on a smartphone, gave a sense of confidence that upcoming Apple iPhone will also have this technology. However, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Qualcomm's technology still is "not ideal", and there's no clear timetable on its release. Kuo explains that Qualcomm's implementation of in-screen fingerprint sensing is an "improvement, but not flawless". According to him, the technology is certainly an improvement, however, it is far from ideal and still needs a lot of work. Apparently, Qualcomm's implementation offers better scan-through, however, it has a lot of areas of concern to be addressed like speed and response time.

In addition, Kuo points out that mass production for these sensors can be hard thanks to the differences in screen material and thickness used on smartphones.

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Finally, he notes that the technology needs thinner-than-usual cover glass, as well as flexible OLED panels, to work - meaning that it's unlikely to be taking the smartphone world by storm any time soon. Kuo also says that consumers aren't necessarily opposed to having a rear or traditionally placed fingerprint scanner on their phones. Well, i that case, most manufacturers won't bother adopting this technology. One says that Apple will follow conventional logic and simply place the fingerprint reader on the back of the device, and the other that claims that Apple has will integrate the reader directly into the OLED display.

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Ultimately, Kuo concludes that there's "no clear mass production timeline for Vivo's showcase of Qualcomm's under-display fingerprint recognition".

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You'll have to wait for Qualcomm's fingerprint-scanning displays