Newest Synaptics fingerprint scanner might be the death of smartphone bezels

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We’ve been hearing rumor after rumor that eventually some manufacturer is going to release a device with a fingerprint scanner built into the glass of the display. No more buttons, just a huge screen that can handle all buttons and sensors.

We still haven’t seen that device, but the first ever optical fingerprint sensor from Synaptics brings us one step closer to actually getting a phone that’s all screen without needing to make room for a physical button anywhere on its face.

The fingerprint sensor is a technological marvel that can read a fingerprint from under 1mm of glass, including a curved glass screen. That means that instead of having to build a physical button anywhere on a device, OEMs can just stretch the screen out and use something similar to the on-screen navigation keys that we’re used to.

If this is going to make a public debut anytime next year, you can bet we’re expecting it in the Galaxy S8. We’ve heard plenty of rumors about Samsung using a bigger screen and almost completely eliminating bezels for next year’s round of flagships, and a fingerprint sensor built right into the screen sounds exactly like the last piece of the puzzle that Samsung has been waiting for.

There’s no guarantee, but it’s a very exciting possibility.

source: Synaptics


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • justafew

    That’s a big leap saying this will be the death of bezels, as many of the current Android devices with fingerprint sensors have them on the back, yet still have bezels….

    • ZBlade

      Very true. It has always puzzled me why phones with no physical buttons, finger print scanners or any other sensors and etc at the bottom of the phone, why is there a huge bezel there (the Pixil comes to mind)? I can understand the top of the phone where there is a cut out for the speaker but even this does not need to be huge like on almost all phones.

  • Paladin

    Actually Apple announced this long before Samsung did.