Qualcomm has introduced a new breakthrough in the fingerprint scanning technology called Snapdragon Sense ID.
Unlike the competitive solutions, the new tech relies on ultrasonic 3D scanning and works through all kind of surfaces such as glass, sapphire, metal, aluminum and plastic.
The new way of scanning will allow for manufactures to embed the sensors within frames or panels instead of dedicating a special place below the screen or below the rear camera. For example such sensor might be placed behind the side frame on a device and each time you grab your device your thumb will unlock it instantly.
The new Snapdragon Sense ID scans a 3D image instead of 2D print as is Apple’s ID, which will allow it to work on dirty or wet fingers and is much more secure. Thanks to the 3D verification no one will be able to just print your fingerprint and pass the device’s security.
The Snapdragon Sense ID is better solution than the Touch ID by Apple and the Samsung’s solution provided by Synaptics. It works faster and has less chance for errors, works through different materials without compromising a device’s seamless design and in the end – it’s more secure and reliable.
Qualcomm says this type of biometric security has already been in use in professional applications and it is capable of “penetrating the outer layers of skin, detecting three-dimensional details and unique fingerprint characteristics, including fingerprint ridges and sweat pores.” This is what makes it better than any existing competition.
Qualcomm expect these sensors to enter the mobile consumer market soon as it is built inside the Snapdragon 810 and Snapdragon 410 chips. Qualcomm will be offering the Snapdragon Sense ID as a standalone piece of tech as well, so anybody could license it and use it.