“…Meizu recently applied for a patent for in-display fingerprint technology, with a kind of arms race unfolding between the major mobile providers.”
In-display fingerprint readers are no doubt one of the hottest mobile trends of 2018. Several companies like Xiaomi, Vivo and Huawei are all making headway with in-display biometric technology. The “in-display revolution“ is here – introducing a biometric technology which allows users to access their mobile devices and even verify payments by placing a fingerprint anywhere on the screen of their device, as opposed to fingerprint readers that take up screen space or are inconveniently situated at the back of the device.
It’s no wonder Meizu recently applied for a patent for in-display fingerprint technology, with a kind of arms race unfolding between the major mobile providers. Apple has historically lead the charge on the biometric front, but didn’t include in-display on its latest iPhone X model, conceding the finish line to Vivo, which launched the technology first thanks to its deployment of Synaptics’ Clear ID sensor.
Meizu registered the patent with the State Intellectual Property Office of China, and the news was confirmed by the company’s spokesperson, according to GSMArena.
One wonders, given the enthusiasm around sub-screen biometrics, how long it will be when in-display fingerprinting is no longer a fascinating new feature, but an expected ability for all standard smartphones, like standard fingerprint scanners and virtual assistants.