One of the more exciting elements of current generation smartphones is the in-display fingerprint reader. When it works, anyway. Some phones have had less-than-great rollouts of the feature, while others have shown it’s a viable option. And for some customers being able to keep the fingerprint reader on the front of the phone, while also showing off a cool feature at the same time, is more than enough to buy a new phone with that particular bullet point on the specs/features list.
Technology will continue to improve and if the in-display fingerprint trend doesn’t die out sooner rather than later, it will probably be the go-to option for most smartphone manufacturers. Others might rely on what they know, keeping the fingerprint reader on the back of the phone.
But what about the side?
It’s not completely unheard of. And in fact you can look at one of the biggest companies in the world when it comes to this particular feature placement. Samsung launched the Galaxy S10 lineup earlier this year, and while the majority of the attention was paid to the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+, the Galaxy S10e is a fine phone on its own.
The two, more expensive smartphones boast in-display fingerprint readers. But the Galaxy S10e has a fingerprint reader on the side of the device. I’ve never used a device that has the fingerprint reader in this spot, but it does sound like it would be pretty comfortable to use.
And then we’ve got the brand new Honor 20 Pro, which was announced earlier today. This device has the fingerprint reader on the side as well, and Honor says you can unlock the handset in 0.3 seconds. Pretty quick and easy!
I’ve grown accustomed to Face ID and face unlock features in general, but, in all honesty, I think Apple should include Touch ID as even just a backup option. There have been rumors it could reintroduce an in-display fingerprint option at some point in the future, but I just don’t see that happening.
But, that’s not really what I’m interested in. Just out of curiosity, I’m wondering where you think the fingerprint reader should be. The front with an in-display option? What about on the back, out of the way but (hopefully) easy to reach when needed? Or how about on the side of the phone, either in its own button or integrated into the power button? Let me know!