in-display fingerprint scanner

The first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner was the Vivo X20 Plus UD, which was announced in January 2018. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few other smartphones with this technology from companies like Huawei, OnePlus, and Samsung, with more manufacturers expected to hop on the bandwagon soon.

The main advantage of in-display fingerprint scanners is they are hidden from sight, giving smartphones a cleaner look, but the technology isn’t perfect. In-display fingerprint scanners aren’t as fast as traditional ones located below displays or at the back of devices, but they are improving.

Editor’s note: This list of the best phones with in-display fingerprint sensors will be updated as new devices launch.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro in-display fingerprint sensor

The Mate 20 Pro is the best phone in Huawei’s lineup. It’s also one of the best phones you can get, offering top-of-the-line specs and a gorgeous design.

The Mate 20 Pro has an in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple-camera setup, and 3D facial recognition.

In addition to the in-display fingerprint scanner, the phone also has a triple-camera setup on the back — just like the P20 Pro and LG V40. It also comes with 3D facial recognition, which we haven’t seen on a lot of Android phones so far, and can double as a wireless charging pad. That means you can charge your Qi-compatible phone by placing it on the back of the Mate 20 Pro.

Like the Galaxy S and Note smartphones, the Mate 20 Pro has a curved display. Unlike Samsung’s flagship, it sports a notch. The phone comes with a massive 4,200mAh battery — the biggest in its class — but doesn’t have a headphone jack on board. It launched with a price tag of around 1,000 euros back in October (~$1,125), but its price has come down since. Unfortunately, the phone was not released in the U.S.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 8, 20MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T in-display fingerprint reader

The OnePlus 6T is a minor upgrade over its predecessor. In addition to an in-display fingerprint scanner with an unlock time of .34 seconds, it also sports a so-called waterdrop notch approximately 75 percent smaller than the one on the OnePlus 6. The phone also has a larger 3,700mAh battery (up from 3,300mAh), a bigger 6.41-inch display (up from 6.28 inches), and comes with 128GB of base storage instead of 64GB.

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It’s not all good news, though. OnePlus decided to ditch the headphone jack, meaning you’ll either have to opt for Bluetooth headphones or use a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter, which is included in the box. There’s also no wireless charging or official IP rating.

Most of the other specs and features are the same as the OnePlus 6. These include the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and the same dual-camera setup on the back. The handset starts at $550, making it $20 more expensive than its predecessor, but the phone offers twice the storage at 128GB.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 16 and 20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185g

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Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView -- best phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner

The 9 PureView is the best Nokia phone ever made. It’s gorgeous and stands out of the crowd due to its five rear cameras developed in partnership with Zeiss and Light. Two of the sensors capture full-color photos, while the other three are monochrome sensors that aid with depth, contrast, and exposure.

The Nokia 9 has five rear cameras, is part of the Android One family, and sports a gorgeous design.

It’s the first phone from Nokia to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The handset is part of the Android One family, which means it offers a clean and bloat-free software experience. It’s powered by last year’s Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM, making it a great choice for demanding users.

The Nokia 9 PureView is IP67 rated for protection against water and dust and supports wireless charging. It’s is already available in the U.S. and comes in at $700 — you can get it from Best Buy or Amazon.

Specs

  • 5.99-inch P-OLED display with 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • Five 12MP cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,320mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 155 x 75 x 8mm, 172g

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Vivo Nex Dual Display

The Vivo Nex Dual Display is one of those phones you’ll either love or hate. As you can tell by its name, it sports two displays — one on the front and one on the back. The main point of the rear display is to see yourself when taking selfies. The device doesn’t have a front-facing camera, so you’ll have to rely on those on the back for all the pictures you take.

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This approach allowed Vivo to create a phone with a high screen-to-body ratio on the front. As there’s no traditional selfie camera on the device, the bezels around the display are super small, and there’s no need for a notch either.

Other specs and features of the Vivo Nex Dual Display include an in-display fingerprint scanner, 10GB of RAM, and a 3,500mAh battery. Unfortunately, the phone isn’t available in many markets outside China for now. So to get it, you’ll have to buy it from a Chinese retailer like GearBest.

Specs

  • Main 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi, secondary 5.49-inch Full HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 10GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 2MP rear cameras + TOF sensor, no front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.2 x 75.3 x 8.1mm, 199g

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Meizu 16th and 16th Plus

Meizu 16th

There’s a lot to like about the Meizu 16th and 16th Plus. They look great thanks to their thin bezels around the display, lack of a notch, and simple glass backs. Both come with high-end specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, and, of course, an in-display fingerprint scanner. There’s also a headphone jack on board.

The main difference between the two devices is the display size.

The main difference between the Meizu 16th and 16th Plus is the display size. The Plus model measures 6.5 inches, while the regular version sports a 6-inch screen. Other differences can be found in the battery and storage departments, which you can check out in the specs section below.

The Meizu 16th is available in Europe for 440 euros (~$495), but the Plus model isn’t. You’ll have to buy it from a retailer like AliExpress to get it, which is selling it for $490 at the moment.

Meizu 16th

Specs

Meizu 16th

  • 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 20MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,010mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 150.5 x 73.2 x 7.3mm, 152g

Meizu 16th Plus

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 374ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 20MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,570mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 160.4 x 78.2 x 7.3mm, 182g

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Xiaomi Mi 9

Nokia 9

The recently announced Xioami Mi 9 comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple-camera setup at the back, and a battery that goes from zero to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 offers a great price-performance ratio.

The phone looks and feels premium thanks to its metal and glass body with thin bezels surrounding the display. You’ll find the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 chipset under the along with 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage — global version. In China, the phone is also available with 8 and 12GB of RAM along with up to 256G of storage.

Like the rest of Xiaomi’s lineup, the Mi 9 offers great value for money. It’s up for pre-order in a few European countries starting at 450 euros (~$505). But keep in mind that the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack, expandable storage, or an IP rating.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6/8/12GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 48, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6mm, 173g

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Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Apps (12 of 13)

The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are high-end phones aimed at demanding users. Both are powered by the Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 Octa chipset, depending on the market. The Plus model offers more than its smaller brother, sporting a larger screen as well as battery and packing as much as 12GB of RAM under the hood.

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The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus both come with a triple-camera setup, a headphone jack, an IP68 rating, and expandable storage. They also support wireless charging and have an in-display fingerprint scanner. Other specs and features include Android Pie with Samsung’s new One UI on top, curved displays, and Samsung Pay support.

The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are already available in the U.S., Europe, and many other regions. Pricing starts at $900 and goes all the way up to $1,600, depending on the model and configuration you go with.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

  • 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 522ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • 128GB/512GB/1TB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10 and 8MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 4,100mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175g

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 550ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm, 157g

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These are the best phones with an in-display fingerprint scanner in our opinion, although there are a few other great options to choose from. Which ones would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.