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Fingerprint scanners and readers via OnePlus 7 Pro

  1. FZ.
    Eclair Dec 5, 2019

    FZ. , via OnePlus 7 Pro , Dec 5, 2019 :
    Hi I have a curiosity. Is there a technical reason for the advent of these damn fingerprint scanners? I don't know everybody else's experiences, but the old readers were perfect, like a mechanical switch, unlike the scanners which need to be more accustomed to, and even so they're not infallible. Of course this is not a 1+ trend, but all brands are following it. Are there any technical aspects that led to this, or it's just a trend, it's just that they are considered "cooler" at this time?
    Thanks
     
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  2. FlixbusLennart
    The Lab - OnePlus 6 Reviewer Dec 5, 2019

    FlixbusLennart , Dec 5, 2019 :
    In my eyes, it's all part of the recent push for seamlessness and minimalism in the past 5 years or so. Just like having a phone front that is 100% screen, hiding the camera as well as possible etc.
    Being "cooler" and looking better plays a great role in that, but it's also that companies are trying hard to find technical progress. So if your scanner unlocks the phone instantly, the logical way is to have a new type of scanner (like in screen FP) and push this tech to its limits. Which, in return, leads to better marketability. People just love new shit.
     

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  3. mlulic
    Honeycomb Dec 5, 2019

    mlulic , Dec 5, 2019 :
    Same here. Loved te old finterprint scanners.
    It's easy to hide them tho, just put them as a part of 1+ logo on the back.
     

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  4. FZ.
    Eclair Dec 6, 2019

    FZ. , Dec 6, 2019 :
    FlixbusLennart and mlulic, thanks for your opinions!
    As mlulic says it's easy to hide a fingerprint scanner in the back of the phone. Fingers are very sensitive and a frame that is a fraction of millimeter thick would be enough to locate it easily, so yes, I understand the trend to minimalism, but I'm not quite sure that fingerprint sensors were an obstacle to that. But that people like new shit is sure :).

    Actually it wasn't just curiosity. I think that what led me to ask this regards the usability of the phone. I come from the 5T, which I consider a perfect phone. I took it in my hands again after some use of the 7 pro, and it amazed me how it was slim, light and easier to use compared to the 7pro. That is, the 7 pro is a great phone and I don't regret the purchase, but "daily use" is important to me, and I think that in this case it lost a bit if compared to previous model(s). And the change of FP sensor type contributed to that, along with other things.
    But it's a great phone :D
     

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