Leak indicates Xiaomi flagship may feature extra large in-display fingerprint sensor
The new Oppo K1 smartphone includes in-display fingerprint biometrics, and reports indicate that Xiaomi’s unreleased Mi 9 flagship smartphone will as well.
Indian publication Digit says the Oppo K1, which is available in China and is launching in India, includes an in-display sensor, a 25MP front-facing camera in a water-drop notch, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. The Oppo R17 was launched last year featuring an in-display sensor powered by Precise Biometrics’ BioMatch Mobile.
Photos of a phone which may be the Mi 9 were posted to a Weibo site belonging to Xiaomi Product Manager Wang Teng Thomas, according to phoneArena.com. The Xaoimi Mi 9 is scheduled for launch later in February, and the images are only of the rear of the device, but if it is a pre-release Mi 9, the images would seem to indicate that it will also include an in-display fingerprint sensor, as the fingerprint sensor is not visible on the back of the device, where a Goodix fingerprint sensor was located on the Mi 8. The Mi 8 Explorer Edition and Mi 8 Pro featured in-display biometrics from Synaptics, and Xiaomi also uses Fingerprint Cards sensors.
PhoneArena.com has previously reported that Xiaomi co-founder and President Bin Lin showed off a smartphone prototype with an in-display fingerprint sensing area of 50mm by 25mm, or five times the size of current devices. This could improve matching performance, and also make it easier for users to unlock the device without looking at it. The flagship smartphone will also reportedly feature facial recognition for device unlocking, and run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
The leaked photos allegedly of the new Xiaomi Mi 9 also reportedly confirm rumours of a rear-facing triple camera system, including a 3D time-of-flight depth sensor.