Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ Will Come With an Improved Iris Scanner

Angelica Greene
December 12, 2017

The Clear ID in-display fingerprint scanner by Synaptics offers the same kind of one-touch authentication that is available through conventional front/rear mounted fingerprint readers found on existing smartphones. With solutions designed for mobile, PC, smart home, and automotive industries, Synaptics combines ease of use, functionality and aesthetics to enable products that help make our digital lives more productive, secure and enjoyable. Specifically, the company claims its fingerprint sensor is able to accurately read a user's fingerprint in 0.7 seconds versus 1.4 seconds for a facial recognition camera biometrics sensor. The Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845 have officially been announced and another piece of the puzzle remaining was the in-display fingerprint sensor from Synaptics. "Synaptics' Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market".

Synaptics Incorporated (NASDAQ:SYNA), the leading developer of human interface solutions, today announced mass production with a top five OEM of its new Clear ID™ FS9500 family of optical in-display fingerprint sensors.

With Synaptics Clear ID sensor on the screen, device users can touch any part of the display to unlock the screen. The scanner is designed for devices with almost bezel-less display on the front. Vivo did showcase something like this and we haven't seen the implementation until this day.

There's also this gem, which mentions OLED Infinity Displays. As a matter of fact, all this process takes less than quarter of a second. The presence or absence of the screen protector will not pose in difficulties in the processor. The OLED DDICs also support high brightness mode, DeMura and IR drop compensation technologies, multiple sub-pixel rendering technologies, and more.

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Since face recognition has been a new norm for the latest flagship smartphones and phones such as the new OnePlus 5T have done a good at implementing the feature, we can expect the S9 to have a more robust way of performing its facial recognition for security using a new iris scanner this time around.

Before giving our final verdict, we have to wait until the CES to see it in person.

The press release says Synaptics is already mass-producing the component, called Clear ID™ FS9500, with a top five smartphone manufacturer.

So, what do you think about this technology?

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