In-screen fingerprint sensor phones are coming, and its a race to the finish line for smartphone manufacturers to cement the technology on a mass scale for flagship devices launching in 2019.

Representing the next phase in the evolution of biometric authentication, built-in fingerprint sensors underneath a mobile display will become more commonplace next year.

We already have a handful of devices making use of the technology:

  • Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS
  • Vivo Nex
  • Vivo X20 Plus UD
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition
  • Oppo R17

The smartphones mentioned above are just some of the handsets on the market with an in-display sensor.

Sadly, these phones aren’t widely available for North American markets, so that means getting a hold of one usually involves importing them into the country.

Upcoming Phones

Vivo X20 Plus UD
Vivo X20 Plus UD

The great news is that we aren’t too long away from seeing this technology make its way to North America.

It might have been a pipe-dream, but a portion of the smartphone community was hoping to see the upcoming iPhones utilize this feature.

This won’t be a reality for the trio of iPhones which are getting unveiled in a few days, but we see the technology show up in next year’s iDevices.

Early in 2019, the Galaxy S10 is expected to launch, and all indications are pointing to an in-display fingerprint reader featured on the device along with the Note 10.

According to a report from GSM Arena, Samsung plans to use Qualcomm’s third-generation ultrasonic fingerprint reader for its flagship next year. The company is working with O-Film and General Interface Solutions (GIS) which designs, manufactures, and sells touch and LCD modules.

OnePlus 6T Retail Box

Already making in-roads in the North American market, OnePlus is set to launch its 6T in October with an in-screen fingerprint sensor.

A leaked photo of the OnePlus 6T’s retail packaging shows us an image of what to expect. You can see the unlock method displayed near the bottom, along with a tear-drop notch at the top.

This is the direction the industry is moving towards, and you can bet your bottom-dollar that companies such as LG, Google, HTC, and others are going to follow the trend in the near future.

As it sits, the current crop of in-screen fingerprint sensor phones have an implementation of the technology that isn’t as fast as it could be.

Some users report a lot of lag or a slow to unlock experience when using this biometric interface.

By the time Samsung and Apple are ready to dive in, all the kinks will be worked out so they can deliver a flawless experience.

As more technology is crammed into our mobile phones, we can expect the prices to increase as well. To justify spending $1,000 on a device, it better have the latest and greatest in a well thought out package.