With the Huawei Mate 20 X now on the market – that is, where the company hasn’t been blacklisted – Goodix has revealed that it has provided biometric technology being used in the device.
The Huawei Mate 20 X is most notable for its 5G connectivity, with dual SIM support for both 5G and 4G. It also features a 7.2″ OLED display; a Leica Triple Camera system featuring 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP lenses; and a 4200 mAh battery with support for the TÜV Safety Certified 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge, a high-speed phone charging system.
In other words, it’s a flagship device. So it’s a little surprising that the Mate 20 X features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, rather than the kind of in-display fingerprint sensors that have proven increasingly popular in other devices – including the Huawei P30 launched earlier this year. Goodix was the supplier in that case, too; and indeed the company has made its in-display fingerprint sensor technology a standout part of its product portfolio.
As much as this might seem like a missed opportunity, Huawei and its partners have bigger problems. With the China-based firm having been blacklisted by the US and its allies, its global market reach is considerably diminished, so even if it had included in-display fingerprint scanning in its new device, a great many consumers would have been beyond its reach.