Synaptics, a company that makes fingerprint sensors as well as touchpads etc for laptops, has announced that its next-gen fingerprint sensor that is going to be embedded under the display is ready for mass production and that a phone using this technology will be launched in January during CES.
The Galaxy Note 8, Samsung's strategic smartphone for the second half of the year and the Galaxy S8 Plus for the first half of the year ranked third and fourth with 2.4% and 1.5% market shares, respectively. Considering that the company mentioned top 5 OEMs, it could be Samsung, Apple and Chinese smartphone makers like Huawei, Xiaomi and OPPO. Of course, Samsung calls their latest screens "infinity displays", suggesting it's the Korean firm.
The manual also confirms that the phones will have a 18:9 aspect ratio with slim bezels, like many other new phones released in the past year.
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"Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself", Kevin Barber, SVP and GM of Synaptics' mobile division, said.
Synaptics Clear ID also boasts SecureLink which combines support for TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol with ECC (Elliptic Curve Cryptosystem) authentication and AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) symmetric algorithm. Synaptics is a known Samsung manufacturing partner, and when it announced the FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor, there were rumours that it could come to the Galaxy S8 however, that did not happen.
They are calling this technology Clear ID, which will allow for bezeless phones to have biometrics on the phone other than facial recognition.