Asus and OnePlus smartphones to feature biometric authentication

April 1, 2015 - 

Android smartphone manufacturer OnePlus’ follow up to its flagship smartphone, OnePlus 2, will reportedly feature “laser focus fingerprint identification embedded in the home button”, according to a report by GizmoChina.

The fingerprint reader will be built into the smartphone’s physical home button that is positioned between two capacitive buttons.

It is unclear how “laser focus” fingerprint identification differs from traditional fingerprint readers, as the GizmoChina report does not provide any details about the feature or why OnePlus has decided to offer it.

GizmoChina’s sources also say that “the front of the device will look similar to the Oppo Find 7″ and that “there will be regular capacitive Android 5.0 buttons on the sides.”

The manufacturer’s debut OnePlus One smartphone, which was released last year, proved to be hugely popular due to its strong specifications and low price.

OnePlus Two’s fingerprint identification feature will likely drive up the price to make it significantly more expensive than its predecessor.

The OnePlus 2 does not yet have an official launch date, but it is expected to be released in the third quarter.

Additionally, Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently said the company plans to incorporate fingerprint readers in its upcoming smartphones, although he did not specify the exact devices or timeline for the integration, according to a report by Android Headlines.

Although, with the ZenFone 2 expected to be released later this year, a fingerprint reader could potentially be integrated into that device.

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