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New Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors Advanced Fingerprint Scanning and Authentication Technology Revealed

Theresa Hayes | 29 June, 2017, 08:58

This week, at Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Qualcomm announced the Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors line, a new fingerprint solution that not only will work under thick glass, but under metal and water as well. New sensors were announced that will allow fingerprints to be scanned on Glass, Display and Metal.

The company has said that it will be showcasing the new sensors for display and metal along with Vivo through a modified version of Vivo XPlay 6 smartphone at MWC Shanghai 2017. Qualcomm has even shown these in action already. Qualcomm's new glass and metal fingerprint sensor technology is slated to be available to OEMs later this month, while the display technology won't ship to OEMs until the fourth quarter of 2017.

In terms of the availability, expect these sensors to be found on a large number of devices. The new Fingerprint sensor will help manufacturers save on space as opposed to the usual fingerprint sensor and it will also help them improve the aesthetics of the phone without the need to bother about the fingerprint sensor placement.

Now, Qualcomm has stepped up to the plate, announcing new fingerprint scanners in Shanghai this week.

Among all the technologies and functionalities to be displayed by Vivo, the most notable one is Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution ("Vivo Under Display") which achieves under-display fingerprint scanning.

Qualcomm says their scanners will be able to detect fingerprints underwater and also heart beat and blood flow for a more secure authentication.

But perhaps semiconductor titan Qualcomm can make the super-advanced fingerprint scanning and authentication technology ubiquitous in the Android smartphone landscape as early as next year. However, if a phone doesn't have an OLED display, it can still have a fingerprint sensor embedded in the rear panel if it's made from glass or aluminium.

"From processing innovations in casings to dual lenses for both front and back cameras and finally design breakthroughs in appearance, the smartphone industry has entered a new round of technological competition", Alex Feng, Senior Vice President at Vivo, told the gathering. But of course, it's only a prototype, and given the fact that it won't be commercially available until next summer at the earliest, we could see a lot of improvement by the time it's inside a for-production device.

For the rest of us, however, it means that if you choose a phone with an embedded fingerprint scanner, you'll get an OLED display and possibly even little to no bezels.