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Xiaomi teases in-display fingerprint scanner with large active area

By Anton D. Nagy January 18, 2019, 5:00 am

In-display fingerprint scanners will slowly become the standard on smartphones, as we’re moving closer and closer to the “all-screen” concept. Manufacturers are getting rid of home buttons, fingerprint scanners embedded in them, and even bezels and notches. However, most smartphones featuring in-display fingerprint scanners have a relatively small active area.

This means that you still have to look for the area where you need to place your finger, and that is, at the moment, relatively small. However, Xiaomi president and co-founder Lin Bin took it to Weibo to talk about a future in-display fingerprint scanner that has a much larger active area, The Verge reports.

25 x 50mm, to be specific, which is much larger than what’s currently available on phones. This would immediately improve the user experience. Lin Bin also said that the fingerprint scanner will be able to wake the device and unlock it with a single tap on the active area.

Other manufacturers like OPPO and Vivo (operating under the same parent company) have also teased fingerprint scanners embedded in the display with large active areas. At this point, we’ll just have to wait and see which company will release a smartphone with the next-generation in-display fingerprint scanner. Lin Bin didn’t mention when we’ll see Xiaomi’s take on this, and on what phone. Neither did OPPO or Vivo.


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