The fingerprint sensor seems to be the next big thing on the next generation of smartphones. There’s plenty of debate on whether or not a fingerprint sensor is any more secure than a pin, pattern or password. While experts continue to debate the matter NEXT Biometrics is busy making a new sensor that is slimmer and thinner. NEXT’s old sensors were flanked by large bezels and frames that didn’t make them suited for the mobile market but their new offering is targeting just that market.
“Targeting significant market share in the attractive smartphone, tablet and notebook markets, NEXT has been aiming to better meet the requirements of industrial designers,” says NEXT CEO Tore Etholm-Idsoe. “Our NEXT sensors will now be virtually flush with the surroundings, sunken in only by 0.4 to 0.6 mm. This combines great ID with the minimum depth needed for users to feel where to place the finger. Such minimum guidance for uniform finger placement is important for the user experience of any fingerprint system. This is especially true in the context of smartphones, which are used on-the-go.”
Fingerprint sensors are increasingly popular on overseas phones such as Oppo, Meizu, Xiaomi and other device makers. And with the Apple, Samsung and other larger OEM’s building them in, this is a good time for NEXT to move forward with their technology.
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