Tag Archive: Sensors


Sony is finally selling phones in the U.S. with fingerprint sensors, starting with the XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2

Hey look, Sony’s taking things seriously in the U.S.

Sony’s taking to CES 2018 to launch three new mid-range phones: the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2. They look like fine phones. They have solid specs for mid-range devices and a few neat features.

But let me tell you the important part up front: all three have fingerprint sensors in the U.S. They’re interestingly rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, rather than the side-mounted power button variety Sony has used for years.  [Read More…]

Qualcomm are making fingerprint sensors embedded in displays

One of the main reasons bezels still exist is to host a button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. This could all be about to change as Qualcomm are making a sensor that it says will work embedded under a display. The Galaxy S8 is one of the first devices to feature an almost bezel-less […]

Qualcomm’s ambitious new fingerprint sensors work through touchscreens

Qualcomm wants you to unlock your phone in ways you haven’t before.

Qualcomm wants in on the fingerprint sensor madness, since every phone these days has one — or should — and the company basically owns every other part of the animal, so why not another?

Dubbed Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, the term encompasses three main input methods: Display, Metal, and Glass. The first is both the most interesting and requires the longest wait, since it represents the  [Read More…]

This is why Sony phones in the U.S. don’t have fingerprint sensors

This has crossed into ‘ridiculous’ territory — but we now have a better idea of why.

Another year, another Sony phone launching in the U.S. without a fingerprint sensor — despite the exact same model packing the biometric authentication process everywhere else in the world. With the announcement of the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, Sony once again has a couple of enticing phones. And even though it seems to have made good strides in terms of  [Read More…]

Next-gen fingerprint sensors will live under the glass

Optical fingerprint sensors could be the future.

Next-generation fingerprint sensors won’t be tied to specific buttons, nor will they require cutouts that take up precious space on the phone. Companies like Synaptics now have fingerprint sensor solutions that can be embedded under a phone or tablet’s display glass, “capable of high-resolution scanning through 1mm of full cover glass and enables clean, button-free industrial designs,” the company said in a press release.

That is good, because while  [Read More…]

Feet on: Withings Body Cardio Scale adds tons of sensors for better health

This scale might be the only connected health gadget you need.

Connected health tech usually is all about strapping gadgets to your body in order to feed data to an app on your phone. Wear this thing when you run, this thing when you sleep, this thing when you go swimming, and so on until you’re never not wearing some kind of connected health bauble. Using data to help keep yourself healthy is great, but sometimes  [Read More…]

90% of Nexus phone users now have a secure lock screen, thanks to fingerprint sensors

The fantastic fingerprint sensors in the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been a revelation when it comes to simplicity of unlocking your phone, keeping apps secure and authenticating payments, and it turns out a lot of Nexus users have jumped on board. Speaking at the 3rd Annual Google Security Update session at Google I/O 2016, Stephan Somogyi from Google dropped an interesting statistic on us — since the launch of the  [Read More…]

Android fingerprint sensors, ranked

When it comes to using your finger for security, these are the best phone choices.

It’s pretty easy to see that 2015 was the year that Android phones started getting some really great fingerprint sensors, with several different manufacturers either getting into the game for the first time with great offerings or iterating on old designs to get something that’s more consistent and easier to use.

Huawei, Samsung, LG, OnePlus and HTC — just to name  [Read More…]

Sony and Samsung camera sensors on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge found to be evenly matched

Sony’s imaging sensor was found to produce true-to-life colors in bright conditions, while Samsung’s own sensor was found to fare better in low-light scenarios.

For the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung decided to opt for a mix of imaging sensors for the 16MP camera at the back, switching between its in-house ISOCELL sensor and Sony’s latest IMX240. A comparison test from SamMobile revealed that the image quality from both is near-identical.

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Sony raises full-year profit outlook after strong sales of image sensors and videogames

Sony is turning things around thanks to strong showing by its image sensor and videogame divisions, but its smartphone business is still struggling.