ZUK Edge’s “hidden fingerprint scanner” isn’t that hidden after all


Lenovo ZUK Edge

As we’ve seen earlier today, Lenovo just announced the new ZUK Edge which is already mentioned as the Xiaomi Mi MIX best contender. The phone other than having super narrow bezels also feature an “hidden U-touch fingerprint design” according to the manufacturer, but is that really so?

Let’s have a look at the photo coming directly from Lenovo such as this one:

Lenovo ZUK Edge

As you can see the home button is pretty much invisible and thus would comply to their statement, but if we check out some real images of the phone, we find out that it really isn’t that hidden after all. For example in here:

Lenovo ZUK Edge

And even more obvious in the white version:

Lenovo ZUK Edge

Some say that this is because users still need to be able to see where the home button is, much like on the Xiaomi Mi 5S which had an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that didn’t need an opening but had one anyway. Also the fingerprint scanner on the ZUK Edge, albeit being under a layer of glass, has a silver ring around it for that reason, some people need a visual confirmation of its presence and position.

Lenovo ZUK Edge

Do you think that ruins the “hidden fingerprint scanner” hype or is that something you don’t really care about? Let us know in the comments below.

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12 Comments

  1. realjjj
    December 20, 2016

    The current solutions need thinner glass so the glass is recessed . They can lie about it like Xiaomi but that’s the reality for now.

    Optical will soon enable thicker glass and maybe in a about a year integration with the display where a small area on the screen is capable of reading fingerprints.Later on they’ll go full screen.

  2. Rick
    December 20, 2016

    For me it only makes sense if the scanner would be behind the actual screen, so the space at the bottom of the phone is not wasted. If that’s not the case, I like the physical button way more that just touch.

  3. Muhammad Yasir
    December 20, 2016

    pricing is good

  4. December 20, 2016

    It’s marketing speak, words who’s only worth is to entice us to part with our money.

  5. fido futte
    December 20, 2016

    where is the EDGE on this Zuks ?

    • Karly Johnston
      December 21, 2016

      The Z2 Pro has thinner bezels.

  6. realjjj
    December 20, 2016

    The current solutions need thinner glass so the glass is recessed . They can lie about it like Xiaomi but that’s the reality for now. In the fingerprint area they need the glass at 0.4mm or less.

    Optical will soon enable thicker glass ( likely first will be the Galaxy S8 with full 1mm thick glass) and in about a year we’ll see integration with the display where a small area on the screen is capable of reading fingerprints.Later on they’ll go full screen.

  7. Guest
    December 20, 2016

    For me it only makes sense if the scanner would be behind the actual screen, so the space at the bottom of the phone is not wasted. If that’s not the case, I like the physical button way more that just touch.

  8. Guest
    December 20, 2016

    pricing is good

  9. 10basetom
    December 20, 2016

    It’s marketing speak, words who’s only worth is to entice us to part with our money.

  10. fido futte
    December 20, 2016

    where is the EDGE on this Zuks ?

    • Karly Johnston
      December 21, 2016

      The Z2 Pro has thinner bezels.