Synaptics brings first in-display fingerprint scanner to mass production


"Clear ID is faster than alternative biometrics such as 3D facial, highly-secure with SentryPoint technology, and very convenient with one-touch/one-step biometric authentication directly in the touchscreen display area of smartphones", Synaptics said in a press release. Infinity Display is the term Samsung uses for its display on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 and has actually been trademarked by the company, so no other vendors can use it. Hence, it is speculated that Synaptics could be working with the South Korean tech giant to make the feature available on a 2019 Galaxy flagship.

However, one has to take a note that, to implement this sensor, the smartphone must have a OLED display, as this technology does not work on the IPS LCD screen due to a few limitations of the display type.

The new Samsung Galaxy flagships will come with the latest high end processors, this will differ by region with the U.S. getting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and some other countries will get the new Samsung Exynos 9810 processor. Evan Blass of VentureBeat was first to report that Samsung was looking to differentiate the Galaxy S9 Plus from the regular S9.

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Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), the leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced mass production with a top five OEM of its new Clear ID™ FS9500 family of optical in-display fingerprint sensors.

The arrival of full screen design trend in the mobile phone industry in this year have resulted in relocating the fingerprint scanner to the rear side of smartphones. Samsung won't be able to bring Quick Charge 4+ to all Galaxy S9 handsets because at least some of them will be powered by its own Exynos 9810 chips.

Qualcomm has officially announced the Snapdragon 845 processor that would power the USA variant of the Galaxy S9. On the other hand, the worldwide variant will be powered by Exynos 9810 octa-core processor. There is a slight chance that the dual-SIM variant might launch in the USA as well. In addition, both the S9 and S9+ will come with Android 8.0 Oreo. In most Android phones with dual SIM support, one SIM offers 4G LTE while the other one is restricted to 2G or 3G network. But the bezels will be slimmer than before. It would help Samsung differentiate the larger model from the regular S9.