Qualcomm has introduced the 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2. The next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint reader has a bigger scanning area and is much faster. The first phones to use it will arrive in early 2021.
As per reports, the new ultrasonic sensor boasts a 77% larger fingerprint reader area that captures 1.7 times more data than Gen 1, Qualcomm said. More importantly, it’s about 50% faster than its predecessor.
The updated sensor is also just 0.2mm (0.008in) thick, making it practical for edge-to-edge flexible OLED displays in foldable phones. It still offers an advantage over capacitive sensors by recognizing your fingers even when they’re wet.
Qualcomm supposes the first phones using its new ultrasonic fingerprint reader to be available in early 2021.
The company didn’t name manufacturers or devices, but the Galaxy S21’s January 14 debut is right around the corner. It won’t be surprising if Samsung uses Qualcomm’s newest fingerprint sensor in its 2021.