OnePlus 6T to Have an In-Screen Fingerprint Reader

OnePlus 6T to Have an In-Screen Fingerprint Reader

While the OnePlus 6T will not be the first handset to have an in-display fingerprint sensor, it will certainly be the most high-profile. Unlike previous leaks and rumors, this time the information comes straight from OnePlus itself.

In-display fingerprint sensors work best with OLED screens and Apple is struggling with their OLED display suppliers.

The upcoming OnePlus 6T will feature an in-display fingerprint reader, the company confirmed to CNET.

The tech, dubbed Screen Unlock, reduces the number of steps needed to unlock the phone, the rep said. In this case, signs point to the OnePlus 6T looking very much like the Vivo X23 and Oppo R17, with a fingerprint reader embedded under the screen and a tiny notch shaped like a water droplet. However, the technology is not super efficient, and often you have to put your finger on the screen at a certain angle and apply a certain amount of pressure to unlock it. We don't yet know what will be the objective of the third camera: it could be a telephoto lens, a super wide-angle lens or a dedicated black-and-white shooter (our bet is on a tele lens).

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It's an interesting evolution of fingerprint readers, and this isn't the first time we've seen it applied to a consumer device. OnePlus told CNET that it actually meant to launch this feature in the OnePlus 5T, but chose to hold off as "the technology wasn't mature enough to meet standards for delivering a fast and smooth user experience". A screenshot of the OnePlus 6T lock screen refers to October 17.

As expected with OnePlus, one of the most coveted smartphone brands in India, the device was subject to several leaks, teasers and speculations. Evidently, OnePlus has been accused of taking design inspirations from Oppo phones in the past as well.

Coming back to OnePlus, the smartphone manufacturer will also change the notch design with the OnePlus 6T.

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