Forget in-display, this is the golden age of side-mounted fingerprint scanners

Admin, Sunday, July 31, 2022
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In just a few short years, in-display fingerprint scanners have gone from state-of-the-art to being taken for granted. In comparison, button-mounted security is not seen as interesting, but we are actually living in the golden age of technology. Having spent time with the Asus Zenfone 9 and Sony Xperia 1 IV, I’m now convinced that the side-mounted fingerprint scanners are the better implementation, at least for now. Let me explain.

They are faster than one. miles faster. Not only in terms of unlocking but recording as well. The scanner on the Zenfone 9 is so fast that I can’t physically move my finger fast enough for it to fail. We rated the Poco F4 side-mounted scanner very highly in this regard as well. Sony’s Xperia 1 IV isn’t quite as fast but it’s still more accurate and more accurate than many of the in-screen scanners I’ve used in recent years.

The Zenfone 9’s power button scanner is so fast I can’t physically pry my finger off fast enough for that to fail.

Compared to the icy Google Pixel 6, the experience is both day and night. On-screen variants are known to be tough with wet (and dry) fingers as well as screen protectors, which is not the case for physical scanners.

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There are other advantages as well. The scanners hidden in the power button are evenly separated, but you also always know where they are. The variety in the display is clearly well hidden, but accurate guessing of where the reader is when the screen is off can be problematic. Scan areas are often very small as well, you have to be precise to avoid re-scanning; In comparison, finding the power button is easy. Similarly, cheap types of scanners (I’m swearing at you again, Pixel) cast a blinding light while reading in the dark. No one likes to burn their retina just to check WhatsApp.

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Button-based fingerprint scanners could be smarter, too. For example, the Asus Zenfone 9 features assignable gestures to quickly launch apps, drop notification shade, launch Google Assistant, and more. Double-clicking a button, pressing and holding, or swiping up or down expands quick access to your most frequently used features without clogging the lock screen or the home screen. It’s the kind of simple, straightforward feature that simply adds incredibly much value, but seems to have dodged leading manufacturers who are too busy chasing the latest technological fad.

Fingerprint gestures aren’t new, of course. Cluncky gestures were popular when phones still had some bezel looks to house chin-based scanners and when manufacturers thought the back was the best place to put them. The original Pixel lets you drop the notification shade by swiping on the back of the phone, for example. But its inclusion in the current power button is very elegant and could, in theory, be available on every smartphone regardless of its design identity.

Button-mounted fingerprint gestures are so neat, every phone should have them.

That’s not to say there aren’t some great fingerprint scanners on the market, though. The 3D ultrasound sensor on the Vivo X80 Pro (pictured below) stands out as the best current example. With its huge scanning area, one-touch fingerprint registration, and app launch shortcuts, its intuitive, smart and clear is a step above what’s currently on the market, even in the premium flagship space.

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While it offers an exciting look at the future of in-display display technology, the X80 Pro remains far from the realm of display technology. We hope to see more phones with this scanner setup in the near future, but cost, internal space tradeoffs, and display support may still be a barrier to entry for some time. Certainly, in relation to the trend.

The side-mounted fingerprint sensor is a better marriage of form and function.

Not every fingerprint scanner integrated with a button is great, of course, but modern times seem to have allowed the formula. Whether you’re spending premium cash with the $1,600 Xperia 1 IV or budget cash for the €399 Poco F4, a fast, reliable and secure experience is within reach. Meanwhile, the Zenfone 9 convinced me that fingerprint gestures are so useful but so simple that every smartphone should have them. If that means undoing in-display fingerprint scanners for a few years until the tech catches up, then so be it. It is simply a better marriage of form and function.

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