In this day and age, fingerprint scanners are quite common, especially among high end and midrange smartphone devices. But most of them are either placed on the back of a handset, or located on the home button (as seen on some of Apple’s iPhone models of recent years). Synaptics, however, is looking to put them under every display screen in the planet, that is if it has its way.
The company certainly has put itself in a good position to do exactly just that. Just this week, Synaptics has officially announced that it has commenced mass production of its new Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprint sensor, in collaboration with an unnamed top five original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Despite the fact that Synaptics has decided to keep the identity of its OEM partner under wraps for now, many are quick to guess that it might likely be Samsung, a global powerhouse when it comes to tech, and also happens to be the biggest seller of smartphone devices in the world. Moreover, when people about the top five OEMs across the globe right now, they might as well be talking about the five biggest phone makers in the planet, namely the aforementioned Samsung, Apple, plus Chinese brands such as Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi. You can rule out Apple from the likely candidates because the iPhone maker has effectively moved on to facial recognition technology, by way of the Face ID feature that debuted on this year’s iPhone X. The talk right now is that future iPhone models (and iPads) will have Face ID.
This leaves either Samsung, and the three largest Chinese phone makers in the world. As mentioned earlier, the South Korean tech giant is the more likely candidate, mainly because it has actually teamed up with Synaptics on several occasions during the last dozen years. Furthermore, Synaptics makes no secret about its working relationship with Samsung.
And as indicated in the press release from Synaptics, the Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprint sensor is said to be built for infinity displays. Samsung’s fans will no doubt recognize the reference to the phone maker’s bezel-less screen design that is being used for its current flagship device offerings, the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 models. In other words, one can bet that the Clear ID FS9500 in-display fingerprint sensor will feature in either the Galaxy S9 (rumored to make its debut next month and will likely rock an improved iris scanner) or in the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 phablet, which will launch late next year.
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