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OnePlus 6T in-display fingerprint sensor to offer “unmatched speed and convenience”

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says the new tech is “powerful enough to forever change the way you interact with your phone."

Published onOctober 3, 2018

A leaked render of the OnePlus 6T.
  • OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has provided some new details about the OnePlus 6T’s in-display fingerprint sensor.
  • The upcoming handset will use an optical fingerprint module under the screen to scan your finger, with the display acting as a light source.
  • It’s the same approach as seen on the recent vivo Nex.

OnePlus has released some details regarding its new in-display fingerprint sensor technology, dubbed Screen Lock. CEO Pete Lau outlined the new feature, set to arrive with the OnePlus 6T late this month, on the OnePlus Forums earlier today.

Screen Lock employs an optical fingerprint module under the screen to scan your finger, using the display as a light source. It’s the very same approach the vivo Nex uses for its in-display scanner, however, the OnePlus 6T sets itself apart with software algorithms that can “recognize your fingerprint with higher accuracy through extended use.”

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A leaked render of the OnePlus 6T.

“In combining the latest hardware with self-learning software algorithms that intelligently preload your fingerprint information, we have created an incredibly fast in-display unlock experience,” wrote Lau.

Screen Lock also leverages Qualcomm’s “Trust Zone” tech to securely store the user’s fingerprint information through the 6T’s Snapdragon 845 chip. The result, Lau says, is “unmatched speed and convenience.”

Unmatched speed and convenience

In our vivo Nex review, we found the in-display fingerprint sensor was neither faster nor more convenient than conventional scanners (and felt largely the same about HUAWEI’s approach with the Mate RS). Despite showing potential, this technology is still in its infancy; even with OnePlus’ innovations, it may still be too early to expect the 6T’s scanner to forever change the way you interact with your phone.

However, in true OnePlus marketing style, Lau has also asserted that the 6T’s in-display fingerprint sensor is “powerful enough to forever change the way you interact with your phone.” *sigh*

In-display fingerprint sensors do offer a new way to interact with your phone — that much we can already say. This isn’t all thanks to OnePlus, though, and it doesn’t look like Screen Lock will otherwise change the game in any significant way.

In related news, the OnePlus 6T will be the first OnePlus phone to arrive without a headphone jack, as Lau recently said it had to been removed in order to squeeze in the new fingerprint sensor tech. This is a divisive decision, so let’s hope, for OnePlus’ sake, the new sensor proves worthwhile.

Give us your thoughts on how the OnePlus 6T is shaping up in the comments. For everything else we know so far about the OnePlus 6T, hit the link.

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