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    Smartphone industry may forego under-screen fingerprint for Apple-like depth-sensing
    Apple's iPhone X doesn't include a fingerprint for security. Instead, it uses a depth-sensing 3D camera for biometric security. A new report suggests industry interest is now bending toward that technology instead of the under-display fingerprint tech that has yet to make any meaningful waves.
     
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    Real or media-driven hype?

    I hope the latter. A well-placed FP scanner has to be faster and more convenient than holding the phone up to your face to unlock. It seems pretty likely that Apple wanted the under-screen fingerprint scanner, couldn't make it work well enough and are pretending that its removal was a choice in order to save face, so I'd hope others would make their own choices rather than be sucked into the reality-distortion field.
     
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    I too hope it's the latter. I love the FP scanner, and don't want to lose that technology. Granted it's not in the best place on the latest Samsung phones, but I still don't think I can live without it.
     
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    "Best place" is one of those things people start wars over (front vs back, with Sony owners calling plaintively "what about on the side?"), but I don't think I've heard anyone say that Samsung's 2017 choice of "on the back but high-up and off to one side" is the best ;).

    Actually I find it fine on the smaller S8, provided I hold the phone in my right hand (so am reaching across). In the left hand, or with one of their larger phones, I find it more awkward (but I don't have large hands, YMMV). I do think that slightly lower and in the centre, as everyone else who uses a rear FP scanner chooses, is a better placement overall.
     
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    I have the Note 8, and it's surprisingly not as difficult to access as I was afraid of, but I still prefer using my thumb on the bottom of the front of the phone like the past Samsung devices with the actual home button (which I don't miss)

    I was hoping they would have figured out the under the glass solution by now.
     
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    As someone who can't use FP reliably at all (due to a skin condition. I even had trouble with this when I went to another country.) I hope both technology progress.
     
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