With the mobile industry among the many others that are seeing supply chain disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, two of the biggest trends in mobile biometrics are marching right along thanks to the launch of a new pair of smartphones from OnePlus.
The trends in question are in-display fingerprint scanning and face-based authentication; the phones are the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Both features are supported in both devices, allowing users to biometrically confirm their identities with a fingerprint scan directly through a given phone’s display, and/or by taking a selfie.
OnePlus was fairly early to the in-display fingerprint scanner trend, starting with its launch of the OnePlus 6T in late 2018. Its record with respect to facial recognition, meanwhile, is a spotty one: that same year, its OnePlus 6 was infamously spoofed by a mere black-and-white photo of a registered user. Its face-scanning technology has presumably been improved since then, with no further reports of easy spoofing.
As for the other features of OnePlus’s latest devices, the OnePlus 8 has a 6.55″ QHD AMOLED display and a rear-mounted three-camera imaging system, while the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 6.78″ QHD AMOLED display and a quad-camera imaging system. Both devices run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with support for 5G.
It isn’t clear how OnePlus will manage to negotiate the supply and shipping challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has wrought, but the company says that its new devices will go on sale in Europe on April 21st, and in the US starting on April 29th.