Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS has an in-display fingerprint sensor and one on the rear side. So far in this year, we have only seen fingerprint scanner added to the backside. Meanwhile, it is universally known that Apple had completely ditched the idea of introducing a fingerprint scanner on its latest iPhone X with a facial recognition. Evidently, at least two things are in great demand for the upcoming year 2019 – facial recognition and in-display fingerprint scanner. The latter technology seems to have inspired a small-time Chinese OEM Meizu to patent a brand new style of in-display fingerprint sensing mechanism.
What does the patent disclose?
The registered patent carries a description that seems to provide an understanding of the bizarre placement of the fingerprint sensors, “…the fingerprint sensors are located around the bezels and not under the display screen. Instead of ultrasonic sensors located around the bezels will sense the touch from the user.”
Upon sensing the touch on the bezel, the ultrasonic sensors will relay information to the processor. Then this processor will relay the request back to verify the user’s fingerprint pattern and then unlock the phone.
As per the rough sketch, it appears that three ultrasonic sensors will be placed on the top, bottom and right-hand side. Regardless where a registered finger is placed, the sensors will detect the unique pattern and only then unlock the phone.
It does seem very weird at first since no-one has ever tried this type of placement before but we would just have to wait and see it for ourselves. Apparently, Meizu filed for this patent in November 2017 but it was only published on March 23.
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