OnePlus 6T to Have an In-Screen Fingerprint Reader

While iPhone and Pixel leaks have been all over the news in recent weeks, this one is perhaps even more interesting: OnePlus has confirmed that its next flagship, the OnePlus 6T, will have an in-screen fingerprint reader.

OnePlus calls this feature Screen Unlock.

“We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action,” OnePlus told CNET after rumors about the feature had leaked. “By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them.”

Like many Android handset makers, OnePlus has adapted quickly to the move to bigger and taller displays by moving the Home button off of the front of the phone and to the rear, which it did first with the OnePlus 5T. But an in-screen fingerprint reader has been a design holy grail, of sorts, for many handset makers for years. And it looks like OnePlus will finally hit this milestone with the 6T.

In fact, OnePlus originally wanted to go in this direction with the OnePlus 5T. But “the technology wasn’t mature enough to meet our standards for delivering a fast and smooth user experience,” OnePlus explains.

As CNET notes, an in-screen fingerprint reader isn’t technically “in” the screen, it is really embedded beneath the display. But whatever: To the user, they will be pressing their finger on the display to unlock the phone.

This isn’t the only leak we’ve seen about the OnePus 6T, which is expected as soon as October. The phone will ship with a tiny, tear-shaped notch and will be OnePlus’s first phone to ship via a major wireless carrier, T-Mobile. OnePlus is also expected to ship a new pair of its highly-rated Bullets wireless headphones alongside the new phone.


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  • chrisrut

    Premium Member
    11 September, 2018 - 10:34 am

    <p>Pity I had to settle for an LG V35 to go with my new Google Fi account… </p>

  • MikeGalos

    11 September, 2018 - 10:45 am

    <p>Gee. I guess that wasn't as hard to do as Apple thought.</p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      11 September, 2018 - 11:33 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#320306">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Wow you can't even wait to see how well it works before you criticize another company for not doing it first. How do you know it's going to work well and can be made at volumes Apple uses?</p>

      • MikeGalos

        11 September, 2018 - 2:22 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#320329">In reply to lvthunder:</a></em></blockquote><p>In case you weren't paying attention, Apple leaked their plans for the behind the screen fingerprint reader for iPhone X for a full year before dropping it at the last (relative) minute when they couldn't get it working in production quantities.</p>

        • Gregory Steeno

          Premium Member
          11 September, 2018 - 3:13 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#320693">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>If by "Apple leaked" you mean "Apple was granted patents", then you're correct.</p><p><br></p><p>And you don't know how well the 6t will perform. I surmise simpler technologies in lower volumes scale better. But neither of us are behind the scenes for either company, so who knows what they can bring forward or what they cannot, and what is spared or what is sacrificed. </p><p><br></p><p>Stop being a snide Apple troll.</p>

          • pecosbob04

            11 September, 2018 - 3:40 pm

            <blockquote><em><a href="#320718">In reply to SteenMachine:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>"Stop being a snide Apple troll."</p><p> What and give up his purpose in life and his will to live? No way!</p>

    • curtisspendlove

      11 September, 2018 - 1:29 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#320306">In reply to MikeGalos:</a></em></blockquote><p>Heh. So Apple never said they *couldn’t* do it. Just that FaceID is more magical (or whatever fairy dust words they used). </p><p><br></p><p>And, honestly, they are right. I want Face Unlock everywhere now. ;)</p><p><br></p><p>I want my freaking car and house doors to unlock when I’m walking up to them. </p><p><br></p><p>:: shrug ::</p>

  • karlinhigh

    Premium Member
    11 September, 2018 - 11:13 am

    <p>How long until the "notch" becomes a "hole" for a camera surrounded by screen? Or maybe that would cause terrible technical problems in manufacturing?</p>

    • lvthunder

      Premium Member
      11 September, 2018 - 11:34 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#320322">In reply to karlinhigh:</a></em></blockquote><p>How long before the camera is behind the screen like the fingerprint reader is a better question?</p>

  • nevadah

    11 September, 2018 - 12:12 pm

    <p>I'm of mixed mind on this. I have a OnePlus 5T and the fingerprint reader is in the perfect spot for when I pick up my phone. My forefinger naturally falls onto it. I'd have to try it to be sure but I suspect that having the fingerprint reader on the front would not allow the unlocking process to be as smooth. I'd either have to stretch the thumb of the hand holding the phone around the front, or use the thumb or a finger of the other hand.</p>

  • mclark2112

    Premium Member
    11 September, 2018 - 1:32 pm

    <p>That is a great looking phone. And it addresses one of my biggest pet peeves with the iPhone X. I don't mind face ID, but I miss fingerprint unlocking almost everyday. There are many times when it is inconvenient to hold the phone in front of my face to unlock. Having both would be very nice. But with the hidden fingerprint sensor, I would never really need face ID.</p>


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