Wednesday, 11 December, 2019

Qualcomm Launches World's Largest Fingerprint Sensor

Qualcomm's New In-Screen Fingerprint Reader is 17x Bigger, Allows for Dual... Qualcomm announces world’s largest fingerprint sensor for smartphones
Cecil Davis | 04 December, 2019, 23:07

Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its next-generation fingerprint scanner as it looks to make smartphones more secure than ever. The new dual-fingerprint authentication system will introduce a new layer of security that could practically be used by banking apps, for example. Hence, it is not exactly a surprise to see the company claimed its new sensor as the largest of its kind in the world.

In brief: Part of Qualcomm's hardware announcements underpinning most 2020 smartphones, is the company's new and improved ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor, appropriately called the 3D Sonic Max, since it has a scanning area that's 17 times larger than the company's first-generation 3D Sonic sensor. The sensor is now big enough to cover nearly the entirety of the bottom half of a smartphone's display. The bigger sensor area of the 3D Sonic Max solves that issue.

Besides new Snapdragon 865 processor hype, Qualcomm also announced new in-display fingerprint reader tech this week.

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The new 3D Sonic Max will also offer improved speed, according to Qualcomm. Qualcomm says it is aiming for a million to one accuracy rate, which means the possibility of a random person unlocking your device without having his fingerprint registered is 1 in 1,000,000. The first generation of the ultrasonic sensor, while novel because it was technologically different from optical sensors, was in practice much slower and less consistent than the competition.

This lines up with recent reports from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Barclays analysts, Bloomberg, and others who expect Apple to release an iPhone with both Face ID and under-display fingerprint authentication in 2020 or 2021.