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 who 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 under-display fingerprint sensor:
1. Samsung Galaxy S20-series
Samsung’s 2020 flagships – Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra – sport the same ultra-sonic in-display fingerprint sensor as last year’s S10 and Note10 series. The performance sees slight improvement but Samsung still can’t match the unlock speed of optical in-display readers from OnePlus and Vivo.
The sensor is still consistent and, in our experience, doesn’t slow down as much over a period of usage.
Galaxy Note 10 Plus brings in some radical features like 100W fast charging, Wi-Fi 6.0, and Samsung’s first 7nm process based chipset.
Display: 6.9-inch, 1440 x 3200 (120Hz) | Processor: Exynos 990 | RAM: up to 16GB | Storage: up to 512GB | Software: Android 10 (OneUI 2.0) | Rear Camera: 108 MP + 48MP + 12 MP + ToF | Front Camera: 40 MP| Dimensions: 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm | Battery: 5000mAh
Other Samsung phones with in-display fingerprint sensors:
Samsung uses Ultrasonic sensors for its flagship Note and S-series phones, and the mid-range A-series rely on optical in-display fingerprint sensors. Samsung’s biometric unlock solutions aren’t as fast as those of contemporary rivals.
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Note20
- Samsung Galaxy Note10+, Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus, and Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy A80
- Samsung Galaxy A71
- Samsung Galaxy A51
2. OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8T
Starting from OnePlus 6, all OnePlus phones have had in-display fingerprint sensors. The latest set of OnePlus phones continue to deliver blazing-fast optical in-display sensors embedded under a gorgeous 120Hz display.
The phone comes with Snapdragon 865 SoC, Android 10-based Oxygen OS, up to 256GB UFS 3.0 storage, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM.
OnePlus 8 Pro Specifications
Display: 6.78-inch QHD+ AMOLED (120Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: up to 12GB| Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Oxygen OS – Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 199g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm |Battery: 4510mAh
Other OnePlus phones with in-display fingerprint sensors:
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus Nord
- OnePlus 7T Pro
- OnePlus 7 Pro
- OnePlus 7T
3. Huawei P30 Pro
On the P30 Pro (review), Huawei has placed the fingerprint sensor close to the bottom and is ergonomically reachable. Though the tech is optical, it fares better than the competition. It is one of the fastest in-display sensor we have experienced to date and it even works when your fingers are damp.
Display: 6.47-inch Full HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) OLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio | Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB expandable up to 256GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9.1 | Rear camera: 40MP + 8MP + 20MP+ ToF depth sensor | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 192g | Dimensions: 158 x 72 x 9 mm | Battery: 4200mAh with 40-watt in-box charger
4. Xiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi Mi 10 is the first 108MP sensor phone and the first 5G phone from Xiaomi in India. With a starting price of Rs. 49,999, it’s also the most expensive phone from Xiaomi in the country.
Mi 10 is powered by Snapdragon 865 octa-core chipset assisted by vapor cooling chamber, LPDDR5 RAM, and UFS 3.0 storage. It has a bright 90Hz curved AMOLED display and 30W fast charging support. The software running on the phone is Android 10 based MIUI 11.
Display: 6.67-inches, 1080 x 2340 px Display| Processor: 7nm Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 9.0 | Rear camera: 108MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 9 mm | Weight: 208 g | Battery: 4780mAh
Other Xiaomi phones with in-display fingerprint sensors
- Xiaomi Mi10T
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
- Redmi K20 Pro
- Redmi k20
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5. Realme X50 Pro 5G
Realme X50 Pro (review) is one of the most affordable Snapdragon 865 phones available in India. The HDR 10+ compliant 90Hz AMOLED panel is the best quality panel Realme has offered in India, and it has a blazing fast in-display fingerprint reader lying underneath.
The wide-notch on the front houses 2 cameras – 32MP + 8MP, and a 64MP sensors leads the quartet on the rear. Other highlights include 65W fast charging and the new and refined Realme UI. Overall, the X50 Pro is a premium 5G phone with some serious processing power.
Display: 6.5-inches, 1080 x 2400 px Display| Processor: 8nm Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 | RAM: up to 12GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP + 8MP | Dimensions: 159 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm | Weight: 205 grams | Battery: 4200mAh
Other Realme phones with in-display fingerprint sensors:
- Realme X2 Pro
- Realme X2
- Realme XT
- Realme X
6. Asus ROG Phone 3
ROG Phone 3 (review) is a gaming beast and the second phone from Asus to include an in-display fingerprint sensor. The long list of covetable features includes Snapdragon 865+ octa-core processor, 144Hz display, Air triggers, extremely powerful front-facing stereo speakers, and a 6000mAh battery.
The offbeat design further adds to its charm. The base variant of the ROG Phone 3 starts at INR 49,999 in India and if you are a gaming enthusiast, you must already be considering it.
Display: 6.59-inch, 1080 x 2340 full HD AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 865+ octa-core | RAM: up to 12GB LPDDR5 | Storage: up to 512GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear Camera: 64MP + 13MP +5MP | Front Camera: 24MP | Weight: 240g | Battery: 6000mAh
7. Vivo X50 Pro
Vivo X50 Pro (review) is a gorgeous looking phone that’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, has an AMOLED display with curved side edges, and has an exciting gimbal camera. The optical in-display sensor underneath its 90Hz AMOLED screen is snappy and reliable.
The base Vivo X50 retains the in-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 765, and a 90fps AMOLED panel but with flat side edges.
Vivo X50 Pro specs
Display: 6.56-inch, Full HD+ AMOLED, 90Hz | Processor: Snapdragon 765 octa-core | RAM: up to 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear Camera: 48MP+8MP + 13MP+8MP | Front Camera: 32MP | Dimensions: 158.5 x 72.8 x 8 mm | Weight: 181.5g | Battery: 4315mAh
Other Vivo phones with in-display fingerprint sensor:
- Vivo V20
- Vivo V19
- Vivo V17 Pro
- Vivo V17
- Vivo V15 Pro
- Vivo Z1x
- Vivo S1
8. Opp Reno4 Pro
Oppo Reno 4 Pro is a stylish phone that measures just 7.7mm in thickness, has a curved-edge 90Hz AMOLED display, and is powered by Snapdragon 720G octa-core chipset. The handset has a 48MP primary rear camera and a 32MP punch-hole camera on the front.
And yes, there’s an under-display fingerprint sensor and it is as snappy as we’d want it to be. Once again, the attention to design details is what makes Reno4 Pro stand out.
Oppo Reno4 Pro Specifications
Display: 6.55-inches, 1080 x 2400, 90Hz| Processor: Snapdragon 720G| RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear Camera: 48MP+ 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Selfie: 32MP | Dimensions: 160.2×73.2×7.7mm | Weight: 175g | Battery: 4025mAh
Other Oppo phones with in-display fingerprint sensor:
- OPPO Find X2
- Oppo Reno3 Pro
9. Nokia 9 PureView
Nokia 9’s in-display fingerprint scanner would be subdued by the crazy collection of 5 cameras in the rear all aimed for improving low-light photography. But to give credit where credit is due, the fingerprint sensor is aptly placed for easy one-hand reach.
Coming back to the cameras, you get three 12MP monochrome cameras, two 12MP RGB cameras, all with f/1.8 aperture. This is accompanied by a flash and a Time-Of-Flight (ToF) sensor.
Apart from the cameras, the rest of the package is what you’d expect of any standard 2018 flagship. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 845 processor which could put it at a disadvantage compared to 2019 flagships. The mobile platform is further assisted by 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage.
Display: 5.99 inches, 1440 x 2880 pixels | Processor: 2.8 GHz, Octa-Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie | Rear camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm (2x RGB & 3x Monochrome cameras, working simultaneously) TOF camera| Front camera: 20MP | Dimensions: 155 x 75 x 8 mm | Battery: 3320mAh
10. Motorola Edge+
Motorola’s cutting edge, the Edge+, has all needed flagship ingredients, including an under-display fingerprint sensor. The curved display edges on the phone have been put to good use. Users can swipe across these edges to switch apps, check battery meter on them, and enjoy edge lighting.
There’s Snapdragon 865 chip inside paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. On the rear, there is a 108MP sensor in the lead. Other highlights include 6K video recording, Type-C port, 3.5mm jack, Wi-Fi 6, 5G, and 5000mAh battery.
Moto Edge+ Specifications
Display: 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (90Hz) | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core CPU | RAM: 12GB| Storage: 256GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 108MP + 16MP + 8MP| Front camera: 25MP | Weight: 203g | Dimensions: 161.07 x 71.38 x 9.6mm | Battery: 5000mAh
Other Motorola phones with under-display fingerprint sensor:
- Moto Edge
10 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 have listed other relevant options underneath.
Best under-display or in-display fingerprint sensor phones in India
|Phone Name||Starting Price|
|Samsung Galaxy S20-series||Rs. 66,999|
|Huawei P30 Pro||Rs. 50,990|
|OnePlus 8-series||Rs. 41,999|
|Xiaomi Mi 10 5G||Rs. 49,999|
|Realme X50 Pro 5G||Rs. 37,990|
|Asus ROG Phone 3||Rs. 49,990|
|Vivo X50 Pro||Rs. 49,999|
|Oppo Reno4 Pro||Rs. 34,990|
|Nokia 9 PureView||Rs 49,990*|
|Motorola Edge+||Rs. 74,990|