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 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. 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 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 In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
Here are some of the best available and upcoming phones with under-display fingerprint sensor:
1. Vivo V11 Pro
The Vivo V11 Pro (Review) is currently the cheapest phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The handset combines IR based Face Unlock and fourth generation in-display sensor for fast unlocking.
On the inside, the handset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor and it also employs extremely potent rear and front cameras for its price. Other perks include AMOLED screen, almost bezel-less fascia with a waterdrop notch, and dual SIM dual 4G VoLTE support.
Display: 6.41-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC | RAM: 6GB LPDDR4x | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Front Camera: 25MP | Weight: 156g | Battery: 3300mAh
2. OnePlus 6T (Upcoming)
There is still some time before OnePlus 6T goes official, but the company has already confirmed that its next ‘flagship-killer’ will include an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Credible leaks also point to the use of waterdrop notch and probability of a triple-rear camera system.
Display: 6.41-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core | RAM: up to 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie | Rear Camera: 16MP+20MP | Front Camera: 16MP | Weight: 156g | Battery: 3400mAh
3. Vivo Nex
The Vivo Nex (Review) has the third generation in-display fingerprint sensor which is 50-percent more accurate and 10-percent faster compared to the one used on the Vivo X21.
For a very reasonable price, the Nex offers an immersive notch-free AMOLED screen, a cool pop-up selfie camera, and the top of the line performance hardware.
Display: 6.59-inch (19:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 199g | Battery: 4000mAh
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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.
7. Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Upcoming)
Huawei’s upcoming Mate-series phablet will reportedly include an in-display fingerprint sensor and a curved OLED display. 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.
8. Oppo R17
Oppo R17 that comes with a “water-drop notch” also has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Oppo R17 has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (19:9) display and is powered by Helio P60 octa-core Snapdragon 670 chipset paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The handset features a 16MP rear camera, 25MP AI selfie camera, dual 4G VoLTE support, and has a 3500mAh battery with VOOC fast charging. Oppo claims that the in-display fingerprint sensor can unlock the phone in 0.41-seconds.
9. Samsung Galaxy S10 (Upcoming)
Samsung will be bringing in in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S10. Codenamed Beyond, the Galaxy S10 is expected to bring in some radical design changes to the S-series.
It’s also expected to feature Qualcomm’s latest ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor that’ll be more accurate and more consistent than the optical sensors we have on currently available in-display fingerprint sensor phones.
Also Read: 10 Best Snapdragon 845 Phones To Buy In 2018
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|
|Vivo V11 Pro||25,990||85/100|
|Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS||TBA||89/100|
|OnePlus 6T (upcoming)||TBA||–|
|Vivo X21||Rs. 35,990||84/100|
|Vivo Nex||Rs 44,990||87/100|
|Mi 8 Explorer Edition||Roughly Rs. 39,000*||91/100|
|Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Upcoming)||TBA||–|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 (Upcoming)||TBA||–|