Fingerprint Cards launches sensor that can hide under glass

by: Robert TriggsFebruary 19, 2016

Fingerprint Cards FPC1268 under glass fingerprint scanner

Embedding fingerprint scanners neatly into home buttons or dedicated frames is pretty convenient, but wouldn’t it be luxurious if we could tuck the little sensor away into the smartphone’s case itself? Well, Fingerprint Cards and TPK, a leading company specializing in cover glass and lamination technologies, have successfully developed a prototype that does just this, discretely mounting a FPC1268 fingerprint sensor under a typical glass cover.

The FPC1268 module will enable smartphone manufacturers to discretely integrate fingerprint sensors directly under a phone’s glass panel, such as in the non-active areas underneath the main display, or it could be used inside a home button that has a glass finish. Either way, this could certainly result in some sleek looking fingerprint scanner implementations and all-round better looking smartphones.

“Using FPC1268, smartphone manufacturers will be able to completely embed the fingerprint sensor beneath the cover glass of the smartphone, enabling new innovative industrial designs.” – Jörgen Lantto, President and CEO of FPC

The FPC1268 is based on capacitive recognition technology, which is used in modern high-end smartphone fingerprint scanners and is rather tough to trick. The FPC1268 design works with glass up to 300 µm thick, although the sensor can extend to glass up to 400 µm thick. The design is also compatible with hardened glass, which is useful for smartphones that want to offer some protection against drops. Along with the announcement, the company has released a demo video, which you can watch below.

Fingerprint Cards will be showing off a FPC1268 integrated with a TPK cover glass solution to guests at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The first commercial devices featuring the sensor are expected to hit the market in the second half of 2016.

  • phatmanXXL

    Watch Samsung, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, Sony, Google copy Apple with this just as they did with Touch ID.

    In b4 ‘Apple didn’t invent fingerprint tech’

    • AdjustedFlow

      But apple doesn’t have a product with this technology in it. Nobody does.

    • Ashish Patel

      moto had it on their phone first. so yes apple copied motorola. nuff said. no go back to mommy and cry in her lap you pansy.

  • Angel AR

    That would be cool if this came out in like a OnePlus X2 or something, where something can be ✔ with those fingerprints.

  • Diskus1

    Fingerprint scanners are best placed in the back of the phone where your finger is! Just like Nexus 5X/6P.

    • Nelson Miller

      which fingers? I use some of myour fingers on the front of my phone to touch my screen.

    • Mine is on the front of my Note 5 and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

      • Ismail Akram

        Mine is on back of Nexus 6p and front on my iPhone 6s Plus, front is good only if its as good sensor as on iPhone 6s, Note 5 fingerprint is annoying at times. at least thats my experience.. maybe Note 5 want you to adapt in note 5 way to use it. but on iPhone its how you do you do it right.. Nexus 6p is great too wish it have more speed in unlocking something like iPhone 6s. still Nexus 6p is better in my experience than Note 5..

        • What differences have you noticed with the fingerprint scanners in the Note 5 vs the iPhone 6, they work the same? I will say that the scanner is much faster now on the Note with 6.0.1 because of the Google fingerprint api’s so I do notice that.

          • Ismail Akram

            Finger print sensor on iPhone 6 is slow actually I never owned iPhone 6. I was talking about iPhone 6s which I have in plus variant. Fingerprint sensor on iPhone 6s is crazy fast it’s like you just need to touch. Before buying iPhone 6s I had Note 5 whose fingerprint was not as reliable and I turned off after two days cuz it was frustating for me and I am those guys who don’t use pin or pattern as they take time and annoying but fingerprint sensor on iPhone 6s is seem less fast that you won’t even see lock screen

          • I’m currently on Samsung’s Marshmallow beta so the scanner is definitely faster now where before it did take a second or 2 to register your print so that I do agree with. I will say coming from the Note 4 and the swipe sensor the sensor on the 5 is a great improvement and I have no complaints.

    • Your Mother

      That’s dumb. On the front allows you to use more fingers and use the phone on a desk or table

  • Nelson Miller

    which fingers? I use some of mine on the front of my phone to touch my screen.

  • LG 5 is the best I like it.

  • Put that under the screen so it locks with the wrong fingerprint

  • i always love the feeling of pressing a home button, hope it doesn’t replace that!

  • Clarence Alvarado

    Put that in the front of next Xperia, Sony! It fits being hideous on the big bottom bezel.

  • Eddy Drgsn

    I can imagine the future with custom made smartphones and select where you want the fingerprint scanner to be, depending on your liking :D