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Xiaomi’s new in-display fingerprint scanners will be way easier to use

by Danny Zepeda | January 18, 2019January 18, 2019 10:30 am EST

We’ve seen a few implementations of the in-display fingerprint scanner from OnePlus, Vivo and Oppo. One notable omission is Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker who isn’t afraid to experiment with crazy smartphone ideas. Their haste in adopting the technology—it’s only available in a few high-end flagships such as the Mi 8—seems to have been worth the wait because they are now planning on introducing a much more advanced version of the technology.

In a new Weibo post by Xiaomi president Lin Bin, he presented a video of a new prototype of an in-display fingerprint scanner that has a 25 by 50mm working surface area. According to Lin, the sensor will also register taps when the display is off so when you place your fingerprint on the working area, it’ll turn on and unlock the phone automatically.

Instead of just focusing on a single and small area, you now have a much bigger area in which you can place your finger. This is the next step in the technology that is looking very promising.

Xiaomi did not reveal when you can expect one of its devices to feature the new in-display fingerprint scanner technology but we’re hoping it is sooner rather than later.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...