Samsung is once again using in-display fingerprint sensor technology from Goodix in a major new smartphone.
The Galaxy S20 FE – the “FE” standing for “Fan Edition” – is essentially Samsung’s shot at offering a premium smartphone at a more budget-friendly price point, if you consider $700 “budget-friendly”.
The smartphone features advanced imaging via a triple-camera setup, including a 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom, plus AI image and video enhancement. It also sports a 6.5″ super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4500 mAh battery, and an Exynos 990 chip.
And then there’s the Goodix fingerprint sensor, situated under the device’s display to enable fingerprint authentication without the need for a physical button. The China-based company was officially made a Samsung fingerprint sensor supplier in 2018. Samsung was embracing in-display fingerprint sensor technology as a means of differentiating its offerings from those of rival Apple, but didn’t actually release a device featuring Goodix’s solution until the spring of this year, after some unfortunate mishaps with earlier devices using sensors from different suppliers.
For its part, Goodix has raised its profile as a provider of in-display fingerprint sensors through partnerships with multiple smartphone brands, including Vivo, Motorola, OnePlus, and Huawei.
Now available for preorder, Samsung’s new Galaxy devices will reach store shelves on October 2. 4G versions of the Galaxy S20 FE will be available in the UK and Australia, while only the 5G version will launch in the US.