The Clear ID fingerprint sensor will also come with SentryPoint technology, which adds extra security features such as PurePrint anti-spoof technology that will be able to intelligently recognise between actual fingers and spoof copies of fingerprints. Furthermore, there will be a giant partner of also work with the production of new in-display fingerprint sensor.
Ideally, the "perfect" smartphone would have advanced facial recognition like Face ID and an in-display fingerprint sensor like Synaptics' Clear ID. Also, facial recognition can fail at certain angles, but according to Synaptics, their new product works well even when a device is "sitting on the table, at any angle, or while in a vehicle mount".
Kevin Barber, SVP and GM of Synaptics' mobile division said, "Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself".
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In short, there's a small possibility that Synaptics will demo Clear ID on a Galaxy Note 9 at CES 2018, but that's a big emphasis on "small".
Today's FS9500 Clear ID, on the other hand, is going into full production with what Synaptics describes as "a top five OEM", meaning it's either Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Oppo / Vivo, or Xiaomi. They said the Clear ID fingerprint scanner was designed for phones with "infinity displays", Samsung calls their handsome 18:9 aspect ratio curved display as infinity display. So...
In its press release, Synaptics makes several implied comparison's to Apple's (AAPL) use of facial recognition, which Apple is arming with a $390 million investment in supplier Finisar (FNSR) announced this morning. However, chances are that Synaptics is referring to an Android manufacturer this time. With the iPhone X really taking face scans to a new level to just about every flagship having lightning quick fingerprint scanners, the acceleration of hardware has been bar-none the most impressive.
The company also claims that the Synaptic Clear ID technology is 99 percent foolproof and will improve the overall user experience using machine learning.