We are in the era of full-screen smartphones and most manufacturers want to have a full-screen device. A rear fingerprint sensor is really not innovative and can be problematic in some cases thus a front fingerprint sensor is better. However, coupling a full-screen device with a front fingerprint sensor means that the sensor has to be on the screen and this seem to be a huge challenge for the smartphone manufacturing industry at the moment. As of now, only the Vivo X20 Plus uses an on-screen fingerprint sensor, Nokia is scheduled to use it later this year while big manufacturers like Samsung had to drop the idea for its recent smartphones. Now a Meizu patent that smartly combines full-screen and on-screen fingerprint recognition was recently published.
This patent was filed as early as April 1, 2017, but was only published on March 13. According to its display, the on-screen fingerprint sensor can be used not only for screen unlocking but also with Meizu’s iconic Super mBack navigation to support financial payment feature.
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Usually, Super mBack displays a small circle navigation on the screen, however, on a payment page, the small circle becomes a fingerprint-shaped icon which can be clicked to authenticate payments.
This patent is likely to hit the market in the second half of this year, towards the end of Q3 2018 thus Meizu’s flagship – Meizu 15 and 15 Plus is ruled out. But there is a chance that the Meizu Pro 8 may sport this feature.
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