100 million phones to boast in-display fingerprint sensor by 2019: report

We will see a lot of these fingerprint sensors in the future.


The battle for placing a fingerprint sensor underneath the display is getting fierce each passing day as major OEMs are poised to bring the technology to their smartphones as soon as possible. With many manufacturers working on the new tech, it's just a matter of few months when we see such smartphones.

100 mn phones to boast in-display fingerprint sensor by 2019: report


According to a new report financial services firm IHS Markit, shipments of phones using the new technology will hit 100 million by next year. That is ten tmies more than what was expected in 2018. Under-display fingerprint sensors "allow phones to have full-screen displays with an invisible fingerprint feature," IHS Markit said in a statement.

Big players such as Apple, Samsung and Huawei are already offering narrow bezeled smartphones. Placing the fingerprint sensor under the display will help them reduce the bezels even further while still keeping the device secure.

But manufacturing 100 million phones with the new technology will be a huge leap. Currently there are only two phones that offer this functionality: the Vivo X20 Plus UD, which is only available for the Chinese market, and the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS, a limited-edition smartphone.

As of now, phones with in-screen sensors are a trend waiting to happen. Earlier, both iPhone and Galaxy S9 were rumored to feature the new technology, but had to drop their plans due to technical constraints. Analysts at IHS Markit believe the tide will turn rapidly.

"With Vivo and Huawei recently launching several models with the under-display fingerprint solution, it is certainly rising as a new trend," IHS Markit's director of touch and user interface, Calvin Hsieh, said in a statement.

Another report from The Korean Herald, Samsung will bring the new technology with its upcoming flagship Galaxy Note 9.

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The Korea Herald's sources say, "Samsung Display has prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display, and both are seriously considering one of the solutions," meaning that Samsung is very close to finalizing a solution. They went on to say, "The delay in deciding on the final concept for the Note 9 is due to the work in adopting the in-display fingerprint sensor. A final decision on adoption of the technology will be made by this month."

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