Nokia might opt for a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on its next smartphone, if supposedly leaked renders of the new device are any indication.
The images were posted by OnLeaks, with leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer asserting that the anticipated Nokia 6.3 will launch by the end of April. Whereas the previous Nokia 6.2 featured a fingerprint sensor placed on the rear of the device, below its camera, the new smartphone will have its fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button.
This is a fairly unusual configuration amid the wave of smartphones featuring in-display fingerprint sensor technology – including last year’s Nokia 2.3 smartphone. But there are some indications that such button-integrated sensors may be growing in popularity. Last summer, Samsung launched a new version of its foldable smartphone featuring a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor; and renowned industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that an iPhone to be launched in 2021 will feature a fingerprint sensors in its side-mounted power button.
In any case, there’s no reason to expect that the device won’t also feature facial recognition, with selfie-based authentication having emerged as a highly popular means of unlocking devices and authorizing transactions in recent years. The Nokia 6.2, after all, had both fingerprint- and face-based authentication.
Other features expected for the Nokia 6.3 include a rear-facing four-camera imaging system, a 16MP selfie camera, a USB-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Previous rumours suggested that it would run on a Snapdragon 67x or a Snapdragon 730 SoC, and that it would be priced somewhere around €249, or just over $300.