If privacy and security is on top in your priority smartphone features list, then you really need to have a fingerprint scanner in your smartphone.
The fingerprint scanner are mostly found in premium smartphone, but China-based smartphone maker, Huawei, have started implementing fingerprint scanner to their handsets and are available at comparatively affordable price.
Huawei's latest offering in India - the Honor 7, the flagship smartphone under its sub-brand Honor, has created a huge buzz in the smartphone industry.
The Honor 7 embodies the philosophy and mission to enable superior mobile internet experiences for the internet generation and era. The device's precise dimensions and metallic finish offer an optimal form-factor and premium feel, while its smart and multimedia capabilities inspire action and creativity.
Just to recall, the Honor 7 sports a 5.2 inch full-HD display with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixel at a pixel density of 423ppi. It is powered by the company's own 64-bit octa-core Kirin 935 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and ARM's Mali-T628 GPU. The smartphone runs EMUI 3.1 skinned on top of Android.
The smartphone flaunts a 20 megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus which the company claims can deliver autofocus speeds of 0.1 seconds. The camera features a Sony IMX230 sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 6-lens module, and sapphire glass protection on top.
For the creatively inclined the Honor 7 offers a host of personalized filters as well. It also has an 8 megapixel front-facing camera, fingerprint scanner right below the rear camera that enables users to unlock the smartphone.
When it comes to security, fingerprint scanner is the key features of the smartphone. Located just below the camera, the primary role of fingerprint scanner is to keep data safer and a convenient alternative to a unlock the device.
Many of today's smartphones rely on fingerprint scanner to ensure the users data is safe and also to protect the device from prying eyes. Cracking a four-digit password is relatively easy, but bypassing a bio-metric security system could be extremely difficult.
It has to be told that the placement of the fingerprint scanner in the Honor 7 is perfect to operate and when using it you don't have to worry about stretching your finger to reach out to the module.
This touch-type fingerprint scanner is definitely one of the fastest we have used, and it is found to be faster than the Samsung Galaxy S6 fingerprint scanner. The scanner is also very accurate and rarely failed to read the fingerprint. Interestingly, the sensor uses latest technology, that even work well on sweaty or wet fingers.
Any smartphone with a fingerprint reader can only be used as lock screen PIN replacement. But, Huawei takes it to a step further. For instance, you can open the iOS like notification panel by sliding down your finger on the sensor and sliding up will simply roll the notification panel back to its initial place.
There are various hidden functions that you can do using the fingerprint sensor using a very handy gestures. A swipe up opens up the recent app screen, and a tap makes it function like a back button.
These gestures are implemented in the software to make interaction more convenient to the user. Including the gesture-enabled fingerprint scanner, you can take selfies easier, by just point the camera and place your finger on the reader.
Honor 7 comes with a Safe features, where you can move selected photos, videos, audio files and other documents to a folder that can only be accessible with a password or fingerprint scanner.
With this, we can say that the fingerprint reader on the Honor 7 is not just an alternative to the lock screen PIN, but serves more then a particular purpose like gestures controls, as a shutter button for capturing selfie. The multi-function fingerprint reader added great value to the smartphone.