Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max Ultrasonic Sensor Able To Scan Two Fingers Simultaneously

Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max slide tech summit

All in all, this serves as more evidence that Apple plans to release at least one new iPhone model with both Face ID and a form of full-screen Touch ID within the next year or two. The company claims that it is the world's largest fingerprint sensor and 17 times bigger than its predecessor. The new dual-fingerprint authentication system will introduce a new layer of security that could practically be used by banking apps, for example.

Update: As noted by PCMag, Qualcomm today at its Snapdragon Tech Summit in Hawaii unveiled a 30x20mm in-display fingerprint sensor for smartphones, said to be 17x larger than the one in the Galaxy S10.

The new sensor could start showing up on phones as early as next year. Qualcomm says it is aiming for a million to one accuracy rate, which means the possibility of a random person unlocking your device without having his fingerprint registered is 1 in 1,000,000.

Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max sensor will be available in smartphones in 2020.

Today, Qualcomm has announced the 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor, which is the successor of the 3D Sonic In-display fingerprint sensor it launched past year.

Besides the improved fingerprint scanning that comes with a larger recognition area, another benefit of the size is that phone manufacturers can implement two-finger authentication for better security. Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner has been panned for being slow and so it is disappointing to see the company not fix this issue on the second generation of the sensor. Since the new sensor covers a noticeably bigger area, Apple could very well consider using it on its iPhones.

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