For the past few weeks, the media has been talking regularly about Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 888 processor that will power most of the next high-end Android smartphones. In addition to the Snapdragon chips, Qualcomm also offers other components for smartphone manufacturers, including fingerprint scanners.
Smartphone manufacturers can use an improved fingerprint scanner
And exactly this week, the American company announced the launch of a new version of its Sonic Sensor 3D scanner with ultrasound, with which manufacturers can offer smartphones with fingerprint scanners integrated into the screen.
In its press release, Qualcomm recalls that the previous generation of devices such as the Galaxy S10, S20, Note 10 and Note 20 were used by Samsung. And compared to this first generation, the new version benefits from an increase in performance and the surface you can put your finger on for identification.
A faster and bigger sensor
The new version of the 3D sound sensor in particular is 50% faster. And the sensor surface is 77% larger.
“The Qualcomm 3D Sonic sensor of the first generation had a size of 4 x 9 mm (36 mm2 area). Generation 2 is introduced with an 8 × 8 (64 mm2) sensor that is 77% larger than Generation 1. The larger sensor gives you a larger area to place your finger and enables the Qualcomm 3D sound sensor to capture 1.7 times more biometric data. This larger sensor combined with faster processing is 50% faster than Generation 1, so you can unlock your device faster than ever. “explains Qualcomm.
A component that could equip the next premium devices from Samsung
It is currently unknown which devices this new biometric sensor will be used on, but Qualcomm states that these devices will be launched in early 2021. As a reminder, Samsung will showcase its new high-end smartphones on January 14th at a website Unpacked event on January 14th.
And it is entirely possible that Qualcomm’s new biometric sensor will equip these new devices: the Galaxy S21, the Galaxy S21 + and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.