Xiaomi flagship smartphone features Synaptics’ Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensor

Synaptics has announced that a performance-enhanced optical in-display fingerprint sensor from its FS9500 Clear ID family will be integrated into Xiaomi’s flagship Mi8 Explorer Edition smartphone.

The sensor was chosen based on the proven performance of Synaptics’ in-display technology, the company’s advanced optical-optimized algorithms, and its expertise in design for user experience, according to the announcement.

Clear ID has won Component of the Year from the Society for Information Display (SID), Best of Show at CES 2018 recognition from CES itself and several Android and tech industry publications, and the technology is integrated in vivo’s X20 Plus UD and X21 UD devices.

“Synaptics is proud to be engaged with industry-leader Xiaomi, and it’s been great working with them to enable leadership technology and differentiation with our Clear ID in-display fingerprint solution. The smartphone industry’s rapid shift towards bezel-free OLED infinity displays is driving the adoption of our in-display fingerprint sensors to enable the most natural user experience,” said Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics.

The beta release of Android P supports in-display fingerprint sensor authentication, and both Apple and Samsung are reported to be working in ultrasonic in-display sensors, as the industry grapples for share of the smartphone biometrics market. IHS Markit predicts the market for in-display fingerprint sensors will reach 300 million units per year by 2022.

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