The rat race to annihilate the bezel or as much of it as possible, is on and consequently, a plethora of phones with under display or in-display fingerprint sensors are on their way. A full-view screen is certainly enchanting and a thing many consumers would rather have but it can’t be denied that this elegance comes at a price. After all, an end-to-end screen is more of a design element and it’s a fair argument that OEMs approach is of choosing form over function. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)
Without the bezels, the displays are more susceptible to damage and there is no room to place essential components like front fingerprint sensor, selfie camera, and earpiece.
To address such issues, manufacturers are now working on placing these essentials below the display panel. And the first set of phones with in-display or under display fingerprint sensors are already available. The technology is currently restricted to AMOLED display phones, but in-display sensors will soon be available for LCD display phones that should cost much lesser.
- 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 brands like Samsung, OnePlus, and Apple used to place it before the full-view screens required them 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 future, you could simply place your thumb any place on the screen while pulling your phone out of your pocket to unlock it seamlessly.
And lastly, the in-display fingerprint sensors work reasonably well with wet and greasy hands (for instance, in-display sensors used on Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro). 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 optical-type and ultrasonic sensors are inherently slower and have a higher error rate than the capacitive ones that most people are used to by now. Further, they tend to get slower over time and you have to reconfigure your fingerprints to reinstate speed.
Also, 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 and don’t need your finger to be illuminated before reading them.
Best Phones With In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Here are some of the best available and upcoming phones with under-display fingerprint sensor:
1. Samsung Galaxy S10+
Samsung’s most anticipated flagship of 2019, the Galaxy S10+ (review), sports an ultra-sonic in-display fingerprint sensor. This latest generation of the biometric solution is designed to work well in all lighting conditions. In fact, it claims to perform better with dusty and smudgy fingerprints. It is touted to be more accurate and more consistent than the optical sensors we have on currently available in-display fingerprint sensor phones.
Galaxy S10 Plus brings in some radical features like fast charging 2.0, WiFi 6.0, and the plus variant comes with up to 12GB RAM and 1TB onboard storage expandable up to 512GB more.
Display: 6.4 inches, 1440 x 3040 px | Processor: 2.7 GHz, Octa Core, Samsung Exynos 9 9820 Processor | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 1TB | Software: Android 9.0 | Rear Camera: 16 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP | Front Camera: 10 MP+8 MP | Battery: 4100mAh
2. 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 perhaps the fastest in-display sensor we have experienced till 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
3. Vivo Apex 2019
The Vivo Apex represents the new generation of in-display fingerprint sensor phones. That’s because the entire screen on Vivo Apex can function as an in-display fingerprint reader. You can place your finger anywhere on the screen to gain access, and that makes unlocking the phone so much more convenient.
The Vivo Apex is still a concept device, but the technology is bound to make it to other Vivo phones down the line. It’s also entirely made of glass or G2 curved surface waterdrop glass which gives it a pebble-like feel. The new Apex supports 5G connectivity, is powered by Snapdragon 855. The MagPort connector on the back, Screen SoundCasting, and pressure sensitive buttons help Apex be a usable port-free phone.
Display: 6.39-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 855 octa-core | RAM: up to 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie | Rear Camera: 16MP+8MP | Front Camera: 16MP | Weight: 185g | Battery: 4100mAh
Other Vivo Phones to consider: Vivo Nex Dual Display
4. OnePlus 7 Pro/ OnePlus 7
The OnePlus 7 Pro (review) and the standard edition upgrades the in-display fingerprint solution from their predecessor. The speed and consistency of unlocking have improved thanks to a bigger sensor from Goodix. Even the enhanced vibration motor adds to satisfactory haptic feedback. Well, there is a lot going on for OnePlus 7 Pro’s display. It is a QHD+ (2K) AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support, customizable color profiles, Night Mode 2.0 and DC Dimming.
The phone comes with Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 256GB storage, 12GB RAM, Triple rear camera with a 48MP primary shooter, amongst many other high-end specs.
Display: 6.67-inch 3120x1440p Fluid AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 855 octa-core | RAM: up to 12GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Oxygen OS based on Android 9.0 Pie | Rear Camera: 48 MP + 16 MP + 8 MP | Front Camera: 16MP | Weight: 206g | Battery: 4000mAh
5. Xiaomi Mi 9
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the Xiaomi flagship for 2019 that comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 48MP rear camera. This is paired with a secondary 16MP secondary Ultra-wide sensor(117-degree FoV and f/2.2 aperture). And finally, a telephoto lens with 12 MP sensor (1.0 µm pixel size and f/2.2 aperture) for 2X optical zoom. Upfront, there is a 20MP Sony IMX576 sensor.
Like its predecessor, this year’s phone also comes in a transparent edition. It packs premium high-end specs and bets on flagship-grade performance.
Display: 6.39 inches, 1080 x 2280 px Display, with Water Drop Notch | Processor: 2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie | Rear camera: 48 MP + 16 MP + 12 MP | Front camera: 24MP | Dimensions: 155 x 75 x 7.6 mm |Battery: 3500mAh
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6. 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 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
7. Vivo V15 Pro
Vivo V15 Pro (review) is the successor to the Vivo V11 Pro and comes with a 48MP rear camera and a 32MP pop-up front shooter. The V15 Pro has the fifth generation in-display fingerprint sensor from Synaptics and an option to combine both Face Unlock and Fingerprint unlock to improve the accuracy and consistency.
Display: 6.39 inches, 1080 x 2316 pixels | Processor: 2.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie | Rear camera: 48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP | Front camera: 32MP | Dimensions: 157.3 x 74.7 x 8.2 mm |Battery: 3700mAh
8. OPPO K1
OPPO K1 is the cheapest phone with an under-display fingerprint sensor. It has 25MP selfie shooter in the hole-punch that dwells on a 6.4-inch AMOLED display. At the back and you get a 16 MP + 2 MP Dual camera arrangement on a 3D glass panel.
It’s equipped with an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform clocked at 2.2 GHz and is fueled by a 3,600mAh battery. You could store your data on a 64GB inbuilt storage or go overboard with a microSD card expandable up to 256GB. This is a Dual SIM device. The phone will retail in only 4GB RAM option for now. It runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.2 skin.
Display: 6.4-inches, 1080 x 2340| Processor: 1.9GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC | RAM: Up to 4GB | Storage: up to 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 (Oreo) | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Selfie: 13MP | Battery: 3500mAh
Other Oppo phones to consider: Oppo R17 Pro
9. Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung has embedded the fingerprint sensor within a 6.7-inch FHD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED Infinity display. This biometric solution is one of the many attractions for this phone. It sports a triple rear camera sitting within a rotating camera module.
Samsung Galaxy A80 also packs a 4000mAh battery with 15W fast charging. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset.
Display: 6.7 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels, Infinity Display | Processor: 2.2 GHz, Octa Core SD730G | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 One UI | Rear Camera: 48MP (F2.0) + 8MP (F2.2) + 3D depth | Front Camera: 25MP | Battery: 4000mAh
10. Honor 20 Pro (Upcoming)
We could expect the 6.1-inch OLED display to feature a fingerprint sensor placed underneath. The device could be available in Purple Blue, Teal Green, White-Pink and even a black model. While the rear might showcase a quad-lens setup similar to the Huawei P30 Pro.
Other specs might comprise of Kirin 980 processor coupled with two RAM model- 6GB and 8GB with 128GB onboard storage.
10 Best Phones with an in-display fingerprint sensor
These are some of the best phones available with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The list is pretty limited as of now, but looking at the industry trend it is expected to go mainstream in 2019.
Best Under-display or In-display fingerprint sensor phones
|Samsung Galaxy S10+||Rs. 72,900||92/100|
|Huawei P30 Pro||Rs. 71,990||98/100|
|Vivo Apex 2019||Rs. 42,990||82/100|
|OnePlus 7 Pro||Rs. 48,999||89/100|
|Xiaomi Mi 9||Rs. 41,417*||95/100|
|Nokia 9 PureView||Rs 49,990*||81/100|
|Vivo V15 Pro||Rs. 28,990||78/100|
|Oppo K1||Rs. 16,990||63/100|
|Samsung Galaxy A80||Rs. 45,990*||80/100|
|Honor 20 Pro (upcoming)||Rs. 34,990*||85/100|