The rat race to annihilate ‘the bezel’, or as much of it as possible, is still on, and consequently, a plethora of phones with under-display or in-display fingerprint sensors are now available across all budgets. The optical in-display fingerprint readers have now evolved to their fourth and fifth generation and are finally almost as reliable and snappy as the capacitive fingerprint sensors.
Most manufacturers are perfecting optical fingerprint sensors, save for Samsung which is also invested in Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensors for its flagships.
The technology is currently restricted to AMOLED display phones, but in-display sensors for LCD displays are also under development.
- Advantages of Under Fingerprint Sensor
- Disadvantages of in-display Fingerprint Sensor
- What is an Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor?
- List of Best Smartphones with In-display Fingerprint Sensor
What are the advantages of under-display fingerprint sensors?
To start with, the front-mounted in-display or under-display fingerprint sensor feels more natural (debatable). That’s where prominent brands like Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple used to place them before the full-view screens required these sensors to be shifted to the back. A front-mounted sensor is also more convenient to use when your phone is resting on your table.
Apart from returning the fingerprint reader to the front, the under-display sensors will also allow for a broader scanning area. For instance, sometime in the future, you could simply place your thumb anywhere on the screen while pulling your phone out of your pocket to unlock your phone seamlessly.
And lastly, the new in-display fingerprint sensors can work with mildly wet and greasy hands. That’s something you don’t get with capacitive fingerprint sensors.
What are the Disadvantages of In-display fingerprint sensors?
There are some cons involved as well.
One obvious disadvantage of under-display fingerprint sensors is that both the optical-type and ultrasonic sensors are inherently slower and have a higher error rate than the capacitive ones. They don’t always work well with third-party screen protectors and tend to get slower over time (you have to reconfigure your fingerprints to fix speed and accuracy).
Capacitive sensors are relatively easier to locate and access without looking at the screen. Another downside is that they could add to the repairing cost as smartphone screens are quite vulnerable to damage.
What about Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensors?
- They work on 3D mapping and are thus very hard to fool.
- Like the standard fingerprint scanners, this one also touts about a 1 percent error rate.
- They are less affected by wet hands, food grease, oil, or dirt.
- They are faster in registering fingerprints if not in unlocking. you can just tap and lift your finger while the phone does the unlocking in the next split second.
Best Phones With In-Display Fingerprint Sensors
Here are some of the best available and upcoming phones with an under-display fingerprint sensor:
1. Samsung Galaxy S22/S22+ and S22 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S22 Series has 3 devices and all three come with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor.
Galaxy S22 Series comes with a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and a large amount of RAM. The Galaxy S22 and S22+ have 8GB RAM, whereas the S22 Ultra model has 12GB RAM. The smartphones come with a Dynamic AMOLED display, and a 120Hz refresh rate but in different sizes. Battery capacity varies from 3700mAh to 5000mAh. They are available in a variety of colors.
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2. OnePlus 10 Pro
OnePlus 10 Pro rocks a 120Hz QHD (2K) display that stretches 6.7-inches diagonally and has got an under-display fingerprint reader. The LTPO 2.0 AMOLED display is HDR10+ compliant and is shielded by Gorilla Glass Victus as well.
Under the hood, it has Snapdragon 8 Gen1 octa-core chipset with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Among other things, you also get flagship-worthy cameras and a 5000mAh battery with 80W fast charging support.
3. Vivo T1 44W
The Vivo T1 44W is available with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone offers a 6.44-inch AMOLED display and comes with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels. It runs on the Android 12 OS and sports a triple camera setup at the back. The phone has an under-display fingerprint sensor. It comes in Starry Sky, and Midnight Galaxy colors in India and starts at a price of Rs. 14,499.
4. Xiaomi 12 Pro
Xiaomi 12 Pro presents a 6.73-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, and an in-screen optical fingerprint scanner. The display also supports up to 1500 nits brightness, HDR10+ certification, Dolby Vision, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection
Xiaomi 12 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 octa-core chipset assisted by LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The underlying battery is 4600mAh in size and comes bolstered by a 120W charger.
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5. OnePlus Nord 2T
The OnePlus Nord 2T offers a best-in-class balance of value, performance, and premium features, giving you the ultimate smartphone for a price below Rs. 30,000. It is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1300 chipset and is 5G ready with up to 12GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. It features a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 32MP selfie camera and a triple camera setup at the back. It runs Oxygen OS 12.1 and packs a 4500mAh battery with 80W SuperVOOC fast charging support.
The smartphone has an in-display fingerprint sensor that is fast and effective. The OnePlus Nord 2T comes in grey shadow and jade fog colors and it’s price starts at Rs. 28,999.
6. Vivo X70 Pro Plus
Vivo X70 Pro Plus ships with a dual-curved edge AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and an under-screen fingerprint reader. The central punch-hole cutout houses a 32MP camera.
At the back, there is a 50MP quartet. The phone also boasts gimbal-like OIS stabilization from its 48MP ultrawide snapper.
Under the hood, the processing is done by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ chipset aided by LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. The battery inside stores 4500mAh of juice and can be topped up with a 55W charger.
7. Realme GT 2 Pro 5G
Realme GT 2 Pro 5G‘s display features an under-the-display biometric reader. It is a 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO sAMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports 100% DCI-P3 color coverage, 1400nits peak brightness, and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
At the core, there is Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset paired with 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. The innards also include a 5000mAh battery with a 65W SuperDart charge. Other highlights include a 50MP sensor-led triple-rear camera, 32MP selfie camera, and 5G connectivity support.
8. iQOO 10 Pro
The Chinese smartphone maker, iQOO has unveiled the first smartphone to support 200W fast wired charging in China. iQOO 10 and iQOO 10 Pro have been launched that come with 200W fast charging. iQOO 10 Pro has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate, and a dedicated V1+ chip for smoother gaming sessions. The iQOO 10 Pro runs Snapdragon 8+ gen 1 chipset with up to 12GB RAM and up to 512GB storage.
The back has a 50MP main lens along with a 150-degree wide-angle lens and a 15MP telephoto lens. It packs a 4700mAh battery with 200W fast charging and features an in-display fingerprint sensor for seamless usage. Its price starts at Rs. 59,000 in China and it is expected to arrive in India soon.
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9. OPPO Reno 8 Pro
Priced at Rs. 45,999, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro falls in the premium mid-range segment. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 Max chipset with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It comes with MariSillicone X NPU and features an AMOLED display with a 50MP camera and a 32MP selfie lens.
The Oppo Reno 8 Pro packs a 4500mAh battery with 80W fast charging capability and runs Android 12 Color OS 12.1. It has an under-display fingerprint sensor and comes in glazed green and glazed black colors.
10. Google Pixel 6a
Google recently launched Pixel 6a for the Indian market. It is powered by the Google Tensor chipset and features up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. It has a 6.14-inch Full HD+ display and packs a 4410mAh battery. The smartphone weighs 178 grams and features a swift in-display fingerprint sensor. It has a dual camera setup at the front and runs Android 12 OS.
The Google Pixel 6a is priced at Rs. 43,999 in India and comes in 2-Chalk and Charcoal colors.
11. Nothing Phone 1
Nothing Phone 1 is the first ever smartphone by Carl Pei’s Nothing company. It brings unique features like a glyph interface design on a transparent back. The phone comes with starting price of Rs. 32,999 and has a clean UI experience. The device has ample RAM and storage options and comes in black and white colors. It is powered by a Snapdragon TM 778G+ chipset with Adreno 642L GPU.
It has a dual camera setup at the back with a 50MP main and a 50MP ultrawide sensor. It features a 6.55-inch OLED display with a 60Hz-120Hz refresh rate and a pixel resolution of 2400×1080. It features an under-display fingerprint sensor for faster response from the device.
12. Vivo V25 Pro 5G
The Vivo V25 Pro 5G comes with a color-changing flourite AG Glass Design in the Surfing Blue model that interacts with sunlight and other sources of Artificial UV rays to change from blue to green color. The smartphone has an in-display fingerprint sensor and is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage.
The smartphone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and runs Android 12 based on FunTouch OS 12. It has a triple camera setup at the back including a 64MP main, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro sensor. There is a 50MP selfie lens at the front and the Vivo V25 Pro packs a 4500mAh battery with 44W fast charging as well. Its price starts at Rs. 31,999 and it is up for grabs via Flipkart and Vivo’s official website. It comes in Elegant Black and Surfing Blue colorways.
13. OnePlus 10T
OnePlus launched the 10T as an addition to its Number 10 Series. The smartphone is packed with features like an under-display fingerprint scanner at the front for an easy and intuitive authentication process. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset along with up to 8GB RAM. It has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display as well.
The device has a 50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro lens for good photography. It packs a 4800mAh battery under the hood with 150W SuperVOOC charging. It comes in Moonstone Black and Jade Green colorways and is available on Amazon starting at Rs. 49,999.
14. Samsung Galaxy A73 5G
Samsung launched Galaxy A73 5G which is a mid-range smartphone that went on sale in April 2022. It is powered by Snapdragon 778G chipset with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. It has an under-display fingerprint sensor and sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
The smartphone runs Android 12 and features a quad-camera setup at the back. The setup includes a 108MP main, a 12MP ultrawide, a 5MP depth, and a 5MP macro lens. The front has a 32MP selfie lens. It packs a 5000mAh battery with 25W fast charging and is water resistant as well. The price starts at Rs. 41,999 and it is up for grabs online and offline. It comes in Awesome Grey, Awesome Mint, and Awesome white colors.
15. Realme 10 Pro Plus 5G
The latest Realme 10 Pro Plus 5G comes with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display and an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1080 chipset and packs a 5000mAh battery with 67W fast charging. There is a 108MP main, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP additional lens at the back and it is priced at Rs. 24,999 in India.
16. Moto G72
The Motorola Moto G72 sports a 6.55-inch P-OLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It packs a 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging and has a 16MP selfie camera. The smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G99 chipset with 6GB RAM. It has a 108MP main, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP additional lens at the back and is priced at Rs. 19,990.
16 Best Phones with an in-display fingerprint sensor
These are some of the best phones available with an in-display fingerprint sensor. As you might have noticed, we have included the best option from different brands, and going forward, we will update the list with new phones as they arrive.