Synaptics has been one of the most innovative companies in the tech world, especially when it comes to physical interfaces in gadgets. Remember the scroll wheel on your iPod?
Synaptics has been one of the most innovative companies in the tech world, especially when it comes to physical interfaces in gadgets. Remember the scroll wheel on your iPod? Apart from that, it is also famous for making touchscreens and fingerprint scanners for a lot of devices. The same company now has come up with a technology which will make your smartphones ‘all-glass’ or bezel-less. The company has rolled out the first optical fingerprint sensor for smartphones which is essentially directed to detect fingerprints through a thin glass. This new functionality will enable smartphone makers to embed the sensor right into the display instead of using a third party standalone fingerprint sensor.
The new sensor by Synaptics is called as FS9100 and it could end the reign of the famous Home Button. “Optical sensing technology, which is very high performance and widely proven in other markets, has many advantages such as durability, scratch resistance, and resistance to ESD, but optical has not been widely adopted in smartphones and tablets due to form factor and power consumption limitations,” Les Santiago, Research Director for IDC said in a media release. He added, “Synaptics is enabling the elimination of the home button which is a critical next step to full top-to-bottom, edge-to-edge smartphone and tablet displays.”
This essentially means that we can finally have the smartphones we see in futuristic movies, the ones made up of all glass. The edge to edge display design has been tried by Xiaomi as well but its smartphone Mi Mix still has a bezel at the bottom. But with the new technology by Synaptics, we can have a full edge to edge display phone. Earlier smartphone manufacturers were sceptical about using the technology of optical sensors as it would be bulky and use more battery, but according to Synaptics the new sensor will be very thin and consume a lot less power.
It is expected that the technology will come in the next iPhone, touted to be known as the iPhone 8 as according to certain reports, the phone will have an OLED screen and will be covered with glass. According to reports, the sensor chips will be mass produces in the second quarter, next year exactly before the expected release of the Apple iPhone 8. But it is not clear if Apple will include this or not, and it also has not worked wth Synaptics since the iPod. Additionally, Apple reportedly also patented a fingerprint sensing tech where users can log in by swiping any part of the screen, so the company not even need Synaptics. In that case, Samsung might use it as well, starting with the highly anticipated Galaxy S8,