Before the iPhone X launched last year, there were rumors of Apple working on getting the in-display fingerprint technology ready in time for use on the handset. However, as we all now know, that did not happen and Apple instead went with Face ID on the iPhone X. Android OEMs, however, have been in a race to launch phones with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
We have already seen the likes of Oppo and Vivo launch phones with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Joining that bandwagon now will be the OnePlus 6T. The company has confirmed to Cnet that its upcoming smartphone will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner.
“We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action,” said OnePlus in an email to CNET. “By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them.”
The use of an in-display fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 6T will make it thicker by 0.45 mm when compared to the OnePlus 6 though. But on the plus side, the back of the phone will have a unibody look as it lacks any cutout for a fingerprint scanner.
OnePlus already offers face unlock on its smartphones which is blazing fast. Thus, the inclusion of an in-display fingerprint scanner will be slightly less useful especially since it is not going to be as fast as the traditional fingerprint scanner or even face unlock. Nonetheless, it will definitely help in upping the cool quotient of the device which is always welcome among consumers.
It is also interesting to see how Android OEMs are offering both fingerprint scanner — in-display or otherwise — and face unlock on their devices, while Apple is going all in with Face ID on its 2018 iPhone and iPad Pro lineup.