Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

OnePlus 6T will feature an in-screen fingerprint reader

OnePlus 6T will feature an in-screen fingerprint reader

I am hoping that OnePlus can pull off a miracle and improve the current state of in-display fingerprint sensor technology.

OnePlus told CNET that the OnePlus 6T will feature a fingerprint sensor inside the display.

So, OnePlus' confirmation puts paid to that particular piece of speculation once and for all.

The OnePlus 6T is expected to launch in October 2018 and will reportedly be priced at around $550.

A screenshot of theOnePlus 6T lockscreen featuring the in-display fingerprint reader, as confirmed by OnePlus.

In-screen fingerprint sensors have become more common on high-end devices of late, such as Huawei's Mate RS Porsche Design.

Such an addition would allow users to unlock the phone by simply placing their finger on the screen itself.

In an email to CNET, OnePlus said: "We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action". OnePlus told CNET that it actually meant to launch this feature in the OnePlus 5T, but made a decision to hold off as "the technology wasn't mature enough to meet standards for delivering a fast and smooth user experience".

That is why the OnePlus 6T will be 0.45millimetres thicker than the OnePlus 6, the Chinese firm continued. When you touch a designated area on the screen, sensors underneath will read and verify your fingerprint, unlocking your phone without the need to carve out a spot for a scanner on the front or back of the device. Even so, customers will probably be able to pre-order the OnePlus 6T soon after the official announcement.

It's an interesting evolution of fingerprint readers, and this isn't the first time we've seen it applied to a consumer device.

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