Fingerprint Cards‘ latest fingerprint sensor has just seen its first smartphone integration, with the company announcing that its FPC1540 model is being used in Xiaomi’s new Redmi K30.
First announced just a few weeks ago, the FPC1540 is specifically designed to be implemented in the side of a mobile device. That’s exactly where it is in the Redmi K30, which integrated the fingerprint sensor into its power button.
“As an early pioneer of side-mounted fingerprint sensors, we’re excited to see our industry-leading technology featured in this launch and to enable innovation and differentiation,” commented Fingerprint Cards mobile VP Ted Hansson in a statement announcing the integration. “Yet again we’ve been chosen by Xiaomi and continue our strong and long-term relation with one of the industry’s top five players,” he added, referring to his firm’s longstanding business relationship with the China-based smartphone maker.
Offering a fingerprint sensor designed for side-mounted implementations is Fingerprint Cards’ latest strategic move in an increasingly competitive mobile biometrics market. And it’s one that targets the growing trend toward full-size displays in smartphones, just as in-display fingerprint sensor technology does as well.
For its part, Xiaomi’s Redmi K30 may offer a particularly high-profile showcase for Fingerprint Cards’ latest sensor. Currently slated to hit the China market in late January at a price of about $285, it’s expected to be one of the cheapest 5G-ready smartphones available when it makes its debut.