OnePlus in-display fingerprint scanner

Phones with in-display fingerprint sensors first appeared at the beginning of 2018, and the technology was rather unpolished at the time. We’ve seen in-display sensors grow in popularity since then and become standard equipment. There are loads of phones with the technology nowadays, so we thought it would be a good idea to choose the best phones with in-display fingerprint scanners.

The best phones with in-display fingerprint scanners:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more phones with in-display fingerprint sensors hit the market.


1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

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Samsung introduced its in-display fingerprint scanners with the Galaxy S10 family, and it’s refined the tech even further in the new Galaxy S21 series. Of course, a new fingerprint scanner isn’t the only upgrade to grace the Galaxy S21’s spec sheet. You get a 5G-ready Snapdragon 888 chipset and a beautiful AMOLED display that starts at 6.2-inches.

The camera setup also leaves the previous S20 behind with updated triple and quad-camera setups across the board. You probably remember the impressive Super Zoom on the S20 Ultra, but the new devices are heavy hitters in ways they hadn’t been before.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Snapdragon vs Exynos

All three devices pack at least 4,000mAh batteries and 8GB of RAM, with the Ultra sporting as much as 16GB of RAM. 


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, 10, and 10MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

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OnePlus was one of the first manufacturers to jump on the in-display fingerprint scanner hype-train, and it’s learned a few tricks along the way. It beat Samsung to the punch the first time around, and the combination of specs and value feels like another OnePlus win.

See also: OnePlus 9 review | OnePlus 9 Pro review

The latest OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro are available on more networks than before — and they’ve moved from flagship killers to killer flagships. Either way, you’ll get to experience the in-display fingerprint scanner as well as the Snapdragon 888 processor. The 888 is a fairly popular pick among 5G-ready devices, so get ready to see it frequently.

The new OnePlus 9 packs a triple camera setup, and the 9 Pro packs a few added goodies from Hasselblad. The large 4,500mAh batteries hang tough with the big names, too, so you should have the power to make it through your day. OnePlus is a pioneer in Warp Charging anyway, so recharging shouldn’t be a problem.

Those who would rather get a more affordable smartphone from OnePlus could also look at the OnePlus Nord, which offers great value and is definitely one of the best budget phones with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

 

OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 back against brick

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If you’re on the hunt for a slightly more affordable flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 11 might be the way to go. It’s hot off of the presses and packs a brand-new Snapdragon 888 chipset at around $800. Other core specs include 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 11 buyer’s guide

The in-display fingerprint reader and single 20MP front camera are the highlights of the previously mentioned display. On the back, you’ll find an impressive triple-camera layout that’s built around a 108MP main shooter.

We’ve had a chance to put the Mi 11 through its paces, and you can check out our thoughts right here. The device ships with Android 11 running MIUI 12.5 right out of the box and a solid 4,600mAh battery with 55W fast charging to boot.

If you have a bit more budget to play with, you can also check out the Mi 11 Ultra. It packs a massive camera bump, complete with a 1-inch display on the back and more.


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Realme X50 Pro

Realme X50 Pro 5G in display fingerprint scanner


The Realme X50 Pro offers similar specs to many of the devices we’ve mentioned so far, but it beats them all in terms of price. It’ll cost you as little as $569, yet it’s 5G ready thanks to the Snapdragon 865. The display may be a fraction of an inch smaller than some of the rest, but not everyone needs the biggest phone around.

Here: Realme X50 Pro review

Realme added a solid 4,200mAh battery to the setup, which is only made better by the speedy 65W fast charging. No matter how fast you burn through the battery, a full charge is often less than an hour away. Another reason to opt for the X50 Pro is the color-changing green finish. It’s a sure way to stand out in a crowd with a device your friends likely won’t have.

Although the quad-camera setup seems to be the one letdown of an otherwise good phone, the savings might tip the scales back in your favor.


Realme X50 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 12, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Asus ROG Phone 5

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The Asus ROG Phone 5 isn’t only one of the best gaming phones around; it also sports an in-display fingerprint scanner that gets it straight into this list. Apart from top-of-the-line specs like a Snapdragon 888 processor, a 144Hz refresh rate screen, 256GB of storage, and up to 16GB of RAM, this phone has one of the largest batteries on the market at a whopping 6,000mAh.

More: Asus ROG Phone 5 review: King of the hill

Like previous iterations, the ROG Phone 5 also has various mobile gaming accessories that enhance the smartphone gaming experience. One of these is the AeroActive 3 cooling fan, which is essential to keep your phone cool during long gaming sessions. Asus also brought back the headphone jack, giving its ROG Phone 5 an even bigger gaming boost.

The ROG Phone 5 offers air triggers that act as shoulder buttons and a triple camera setup with a truly impressive main lens.


Asus ROG Phone 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus in window


Motorola has long been a champion of affordable phones, but the Edge Plus shows that it can do high-end pretty well. Though not without its faults, the in-display fingerprint scanner is just the first thing to like about the Moto flagship. It’s backed up by a Snapdragon 865 — no surprise there — as well as 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Check this: Motorola Edge Plus review

The camera bump houses a powerful 108MP shooter, backed by an 8MP telephoto and a 16MP ultra-wide lens. All of those specs sound like power drains, though, so you’ll be happy to hear that a 5,000mAh battery holds the whole beast together.


Motorola Edge Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 right rear profile

You already know that Samsung did a great job with its S20 series in-display fingerprint scanners, so it would follow that the Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are capable as well, right? The answer is yes, and the inclusion of the S Pen makes the latest Note an even more tempting option. Both pack a Snapdragon 865 Plus as usual in the US, though you may want to opt for the Note 20 Ultra to maximize your quality.

The S20 Ultra is no longer the only Ultra in Samsung’s arsenal, and the Note 20 Ultra packs a lot of punch over the Note 20. It’s rocking an edge display instead of the Note 20’s flat design, and the Ultra is finished in high-end glass instead of the Note 20’s plastic coating.

However, all of that comes at an increased cost, so you can sleep soundly knowing that the Note 20 offers a minimum of 8GB of RAM along with 128 or 256GB of storage.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus/Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus/Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 108, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Vivo X60 Pro and Pro Plus

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Vivo wowed us in 2020 with its micro-gimbal concept on the X50 Pro, and now it’s back for a second go. This beast is powered by Zeiss and packs an impressive camera array, even if it does come at the cost of other features.

Also: Vivo X60 Pro Plus review

The X60 Pro Plus packs an in-display fingerprint reader, and the faux leather finish feels excellent in hand. We also appreciated the inclusion of 55W wired charging, though you won’t find wireless charging anywhere on the spec sheet. Vivo also sacrificed the IP rating to double down on camera power.

Vivo’s X series has become a way to show off unique designs and try new features, and the X60 Pro Plus shows just how far things can go. Vivo rounded out the X60 Pro Plus’ setup with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, followed by a solid 4,200mAh battery.


Vivo X60 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.56-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 32, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 11

9. Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro black profile

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Bringing up the rear on today’s list is the Oppo Find X3 Pro with its space-age design and mirror finish. It’s not the first device to give a shiny back a try, but the Find X3 Pro looks like it came right out of Star Wars.

See also: Oppo Find X3 Pro review

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is IP68 water-resistant to stand up to your wildest adventures, and the 3K QHD display brings everything you capture to life. Its 120Hz refresh rate and billion color display add to the potential of Oppo’s high-end flagship.

There’s much to discover when you pick up an Oppo Find X3 Pro. Still, the in-display fingerprint scanner and SuperVOOC charging stand out from the other features. Oppo actually achieves 65W charging speeds thanks to the unique dual-cell battery. Unfortunately, it won’t fast charge at all without the SuperVOOC charger.


Oppo Find X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, 3, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11