fingerprint sensors

Synaptics Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner to go on a “Tier 1” phone

Synaptics Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner to go on  a “Tier 1” phone

Too late the hero perhaps? Synaptics has just proudly announced that its Clear ID FS9500, which is perhaps the world’s first commercial in-display fingerprint scanner, has already started production. More than a year too late for it to do any good for the likes of Samsung and Apple. Synaptics doesn’t seem to be worried, however, as that same announcement reveals that the mass production is for a “Tier 1 OEM”. So let the guessing game begin!

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Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Galaxy S9 fingerprint sensor location confirmed by Health app

Samsung had a nearly perfect 2017 if not for one nitpick. It obstinately placed the rear fingerprint scanner in an inconvenient and odd location. Granted, that flaw wasn’t as bad as exploding phones, but it, unfortunately, marred the Galaxy S8’s and Galaxy Note 8’s image. Samsung has apparently learned its lesson and will be putting the sensor dead center. At least that seems to be the confirmation based on Samsung’s own Health app, which has been updated to show the new backside layout.

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Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

Galaxy S9 pre-release leaks: fixing these S8 mistakes

The Samsung Galaxy S9 was the subject of a number of tips today and over the past few days, largely with respect to device size. What we've gotten to know about this device is, first and foremost, it'll look different from its predecessor. According to feline-icon'ed South Korea-based tipster Ice Universe, the Galaxy S9's backside in particular "will change a lot."

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Samsung patents pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung patents pressure sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor

Rumors of the in-display fingerprint scanner’s death may have been greatly exaggerated. Or, at the very least, greatly confused. It has been reported that Samsung may have also given up hope that the technology will ever be ready for use and might, instead, go the Face ID route. A patent filed in Korea for not just an in-display fingerprint sensor but a pressure sensitive one even says otherwise. It just might not happen in time for the Galaxy S9 in early 2018.

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Galaxy S9 won’t have screen fingerprint scanner, says confident leak

Galaxy S9 won’t have screen fingerprint scanner, says confident leak

It seems that makers of fingerprint sensors for smartphones might soon find themselves in a tough spot. Well-known leakster UniverseIce claims 100% certainty that the Galaxy S9 will not have an on-screen fingerprint scanner yet again. Given there are very little options around, that would mean that either Samsung keeps its oddly-placed rear fingerprint scanner or, at the risk of being called a copycat yet again, implement face recognition instead.

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LG V30 fingerprint scanner fails when heavily scratched

LG V30 fingerprint scanner fails when heavily scratched

JerryRigEverything is back and he’s got his own LG V30 in his hands. The last time Zack Nelson was seen with the smartphone was when LG flew him over for a sponsored teardown and look into the V30’s prized cameras. Now the YouTuber has bought his own unit with no strings attached for the sole purpose of our entertainment education. He subjects the LG V30 to his usual trinity of stress tests and the smartphone survives as you would expect. Except for one minor, and unexpected, thing.

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Galaxy Note 9 will go with under-display fingerprint scanner, says Kuo

Galaxy Note 9 will go with under-display fingerprint scanner, says Kuo

Ming-chi Kuo is more famous for his analysis and predictions on Apple products, though some think he's been losing steam of late. He has also dabbled on Android devices recently, and now he has word on what Samsung might be planning next year. While he thinks that Android devices are heading the way of Apple's Face ID and TrueDepth camera, Samsung is still pushing through, at least temporarily, with the under-display optical fingerprint sensor, which might debut in the Galaxy Note 9.

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Galaxy S8 owner “fixed” its most annoying misfeature

Galaxy S8 owner “fixed” its most annoying misfeature

The Galaxy S8 was almost perfect. Its one glaring flaw was its fingerprint scanner. Never mind the off-center position that has resulted in many a smudge to the camera, the scanner, being really just a flat, non-tactile surface, was hard to locate with your finger. Owner Quinn Nelson managed to fix that and surround the sensor with a somewhat discrete perimeter around the sensor to make it easier to find. Amusingly, he had to break it before actually “fixing” it.

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On-screen fingerprint sensors are not coming this year

On-screen fingerprint sensors are not coming this year

We just passed the half year mark, but it’s almost all too clear that fingerprint sensors embedded in smartphone displays aren’t going to be a thing in 2017. Even though the flagships for late 2017 have yet to hit the market, it’s far too late already for them to include such a novel and untested technology. Sources familiar with matters claim that both Apple and Samsung have given up commercializing what would have been one of the major features of the year. All because they may have bitten of more than they could chew, and probably too soon at that.

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Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key locks your laptop with USB

This year is the year of fingerprints for security - if it weren't already abundantly clear, here's another bit of proof. This is the VeriMark Fingerprint Key by Kensington. This device is just about as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets - or as simple as a fingerprint scanner gets when it's not already embedded into a device. This fingerprint scanner is a USB dongle - and it lets the user log in to their notebook.

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Leaked Google Pixel XL 2 2017 image release: LG G6 x HTC U11 x XL1

Leaked Google Pixel XL 2 2017 image release: LG G6 x HTC U11 x XL1

The next Google Pixel XL has been spotted in a leaked image which details the device in a big way. This is just one of two Google Pixel devices, the other being the standard 2017 Google Pixel - the new version of the device with the same name from the year 2016. This new pair of smartphones has been detailed in leaks in several articles in the recent past here on SlashGear - here we're rounding up the bunch with this rather sizable image leak.

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Five cheap smartphones with a fingerprint sensor (mid-2017)

Five cheap smartphones with a fingerprint sensor (mid-2017)

Modern smartphones look a bit different than ones from just a few years ago: there's the double rear cameras, of course, but more pervasive is the fingerprint sensor. A fingerprint sensor built into a phone offers a highly convenient form of security, but is also becoming an important component in making mobile payments. While a fingerprint sensor is included on all the big flagship handsets, those tend to cost $600 or more. Can you get fingerprint sensor on a (much) cheaper phone? Yes, yes you can.

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