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.
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 wave of phones with in-display or under display fingerprint sensors is fast approaching.
What are 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 to unlock it seamlessly.
And lastly, the in-display fingerprint sensor on our Vivo X21 also works with wet and greasy hands. That’s something you don’t get with capacitive fingerprint sensors.
What are Disadvantages of Under Display fingerprint sensor?
There are some cons involved as well.
One obvious disadvantage of under display fingerprint sensors is that they are optical-type sensors and are inherently slower than the capacitive ones that most people are used to by now. That’s one primary reason that has been preventing OEMs from using them so far.
Also, they could add to the repairing cost as smartphone screens are quite vulnerable to damage.
Best Phones With Under Display Fingerprint Sensor
Here are some of the best available and upcoming phones with under-display fingerprint sensor:
1. Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS
Alongside the innovative p-series flagship, the P20 Pro, Huawei also launched a no holds barred luxury edition, the Huawei Porsche design Mater RS. Apart from the triple rear cameras, the Mate RS includes dual curved edge display and dual fingerprint sensor.
Apart from the capacitive sensor on the rear, the phone also accommodates the Synaptics in-display fingerprint sensor under the OLED display. The Mate RS is also the first phone to come with 512GB of inbuilt storage.
Display: 6-inch QHD+ OLED | Processor: Kirin 970 octa-core SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: up to 512GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 40MP+20MP+8MP | Front camera: 24MP | Weight: 183g | Dimensions: 152.9 x 72.5 x 8.5 mm |Battery: 4000mAh
2. Vivo X20 Plus UD
Vivo X20 Plus UD became the first commercial phone to include the under display fingerprint sensor. Other hardware is same as X20 Plus that launched last year.
It has a 6.43-inch FHD+ display (18:9) and is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. You will find two cameras on the rear (12MP+5MP) and a 12MP selfie camera on the front.
Display: 6.43-inch Full HD+ OLED | Processor: Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 7.1 Nougat | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 12MP | Weight: 181g | Dimensions: 155.3 x 80.1 x 7.5 mm |Battery: 3900mAh
3. Vivo X21
The X21 (Full Review) is the second commercial phone from Vivo to sport an under display fingerprint sensor and the first one to be made available in India. The X21 is powered by Snapdragon 660 chipset and also has a display notch where it houses the selfie camera and earpiece.
Other features include Android 8.1 Oreo-based software with AI smarts, 3200mAh battery, dual rear cameras, and Bluetooth 5.0. Only the 128GB storage variant of the Vivo X21 will have the under display fingerprint sensor, and that’s the one which has been launched in India.
Display: 6.28-inch Full HD+ OLED | Processor: Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 12MP | Weight: 156g | Dimensions: 154.5 x 74.8 x 7.4 mm |Battery: 3200mAh
4. Vivo Nex
Vivo Apex was showcased as a concept phone at MWC 2018 and it indeed turned out to be the veritable show stopper. A week later Vivo held a launch event in China where it confirmed that the phone will hit mass production later in “mid-2018”.
The handset will finally go official on June 12 as Vivo Nex, and that’s when we will get to know detailed specs of the phone
Vivo Nex has a staggering screen-to-body ratio of 98 percent which will be tough to match or beat moving forward. One reason how Vivo managed this is by eliminating the front camera from the equation. The selfie camera is retractable and pops up from the top edge every time you switch to the front camera in the app. The handset has an under display fingerprint sensor and you can scan your finger anywhere on the bottom half of the screen!
Display: 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: TBA | Storage: TBA | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: TBA | Front camera: 8MP
5. Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
The Xiaomi Mi 8 explorer edition is the Xiaomi flagship for 2018 that comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3D Face Unlock mechanism. The handset also has a transparent see through back (what you see through is actually a sticker, not the real thing).
The phone is quite similar to iPhone X when it comes to design. Hardware specs include 6.21-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, 8GB RAM, Android Oreo-based software and a 3000mAh battery.
6. Huawei Mate 11 (Upcoming)
Huawei’s upcoming Mate-series phablet (the Mate 10 or Mate 20) will reportedly include a fingerprint sensor as well. The reports seem plausible as Huawei has already implemented the same on Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS.
Huawei is reportedly using Qualcomm’s Ultrasound under display fingerprint sensor that works through a thicker cover glass compared to the Synaptics sensor that all other phones in this list rely on.
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Upcoming)
We have been hearing reports of Samsung testing in-display fingerprint sensors for more than 2 years now. Looks like it will finally be making it to the upcoming Galaxy Note9.
Samsung is seriously considering the option. If true, Note9 could be the first globally launched phone to include an under display fingerprint sensor.
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 the feature is expected to go mainstream pretty soon.
Best Under-display or In-display fingerprint sensor phones
|In-display fingerprint sensor list||Price||Score|
|Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS||TBA||89/100|
|Vivo X20 Plus UD||TBA||80/100|
|Vivo X21||Rs. 35,990||84/100|
|Mi 8 Explorer Edition||Roughly Rs. 39,000*||91/100|
|Huawei Mate 11 (Upcoming)||TBA||–|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Upcoming)||TBA||–|