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Under-screen fingerprint tech due January on flagship phone

Under-display fingerprint tech coming from Synaptics in January (Source: Digtal Trends)
Under-display fingerprint tech coming from Synaptics in January (Source: Digtal Trends)
A unnamed high-end smartphone will arrive with Synaptics new Clear ID under-display fingerprint authentication tech in January. According to Synaptics, the new technology is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition technology as featured on the iPhone X.
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Synaptics has announced that its Clear ID under-display biometric fingerprint sensor tech is currently in mass production with a “top five OEM.” Due to hit the market in January, the San Jose-based company says the technology is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition (read Apple Face ID), and is also highly secure as it utilizes AI to examine fingerprints in order to reject spoofing attempts.

“Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself,” said Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics. “Synaptics’ Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market.

Apple was among the first companies rumored to be exploring similar technology for the iPhone X. However, when it launched, it dropped fingerprint authentication altogether in favor of Face ID, a sophisticated 3D facial-recognition technology. Face ID, however, is not without its critics, who among other things, have commented on the fact that it is slower to work than the Touch ID tech found on the iPhone 7 and 8. However, Synaptics Clear ID fingerprint tech (unlike even Touch ID), will work with wet, dry and cold fingers.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1290 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-12-13 (Update: 2017-12-13)