If you thought that having a tiny vibrator under your phone which responds when pressed hard enough, is an innovation, wait until you see what Qualcomm has been working on (yes, that prologue was about the 3D touch in Apple iPhones). Qualcomm aims to go beyond the generic fingerprint recognition. How would it be if you could just touch on your display and the phone recognised it’s you, instead of finding that tiny fingerprint reader?
As cool as it sounds, this dream is not a distant reality and is in fact closer than we realise. So close, that we may even witness this technology being implemented in the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5S.
The Xiaomi Mi 5S may very well feature Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint detection which was unveiled last year by the chip maker. The technology is officially called as Qualcomm Sense ID. It uses Ultrasonic 3D scanning to detect the contours and edges of the fingerprints to identify, record and analyse patterns. This method is touted to work through a range of different materials including plastic, metal. glass and even sapphire.
This technology lets device manufacturers to place the fingerprint sensors within panels or frames, rather than having to decide between placing them at the top-rear or bottom-front.
It would really be interesting to see a practical implementation of the Qualcomm Sense ID on the Xiaomi Mi 5S (assuming the rumours are true). The Mi 5S has already cleared the Chinese 3C regulatory body and will be launched pretty soon.
The Xiaomi Mi 5S will be featuring a 5.15 inch IPS display which will be powered by a top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC. It will also be featuring 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage (holy cow that’s huge). The rear camera is stated to be a 16-megapixel unit which should be similar to the one found on the Galaxy S6. It will also feature a battery capacity of around 3,500 mAh.
So, what do you think about the Xiaomi Mi 5S and the Qualcomm Sense ID? Are you excited for a new fingerprint sensor that lets you unlock the phone by simply touching the screen? Do let us know in the comments section below.