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Meizu files patent for an in-display fingerprint scanner
Meizu joins the bandwagon with its new patent.
Meizu seems to have joined the bandwagon of putting the fingerprint sensor underneath the smartphone display. The in-display fingerprint sensors are turning out to be the trend of 2018. Although we are yet to see a smartphone that has made it to the masses, with one more added to the list, it's just a matter of few months.
The news was confirmed by a Meizu spokesperson. As per their description, the company will be cramming in the functionality into its on-display Super mBack button, that will make it more flexible. Apart from its normal navigation functionality, it will also transform into fingerprint icon to guide the users as to where to place their finger to unlock the device or verify payments. Unfortunately, the feature will not be included in the upcoming Meizu 15 series of phones.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is also expected to feature a fingerprint sensor underneath the display, according to a report from The Korean Herald.
The publication's source said, "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."
Another person close to the matter said, "There is enough time for the display company to improve the technology to meet the handset maker's expectations before the launch of the Note 9 in late August," so even if the new tech is not fully ready, Samsung might go ahead with the implementation.
Earlier there were reports floating that company's Galaxy S9 will sport the feature, but then the idea was dropped due to some technical constraints.
The in-display fingerprint sensor was also seen in Vivo's X20 Plus. The sensor was developed by Synaptics and is capable of unlocking the device in 0.7 seconds alongside authenticating the mobile payments.
The in-display fingerprint sensor doesn't seem a thing of a distant future considering the efforts major OEMs are putting in order to bring the technology to the masses.