Finally, the Honor 10 is here. The smartphone has been made official as the company’s newest mid-range flagship of 2018. So, from the design to cameras, Honor 10 manages to stand out from the crowd. However, the most unique feature is definitely the presence of an under-glass fingerprint sensor. Instead of being present on the rear or embedded right into the home button on the front of the phone, it now sits on the bottom bezel, but under the glass. Also, this is the first time this type of solution has been made available on a mass-market device like the Honor 10 smartphone.
Regarding this, George Zhao, President of Honor, added that “We and Qualcomm worked together on an ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint sensor. This is the new-generation of ultrasonic under glass fingerprint sensor”.
In addition, Zhao also regarded that, the first-generation of the ultrasonic under glass fingerprint scanner was not good. The reason is a lot of sensitivity issues and hence the reason why they never incorporated the solution into their phones. To this Zhao explained, “We did a lot of tests internally, but the results were not as good as we initially hoped. So we finally decided not to choose the solution”. Also, Honor 10 is being introduced globally, including in India and Europe.
To delve deep, Honor claims the second-generation ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint scanner which is much more precise and thus should do a decent job in recognizing wet fingers. To make sure an ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint scanner works fine on the Honor 10, Zhao regarded that the company has spent a long time to fine-tune the experience.
Such technology is much more difficult to implement, plus an under-glass fingerprint sensor is also more expensive than a regular fingerprint scanner mostly witnessed on modern smartphones. On being asked the reason why the company went for an under-glass fingerprint scanner, instead of the in-display fingerprint sensor, Zhao replied that “Today, for the on-screen fingerprint sensor, the sensitivity is pretty low. That’s probably the reason why we choose an ultrasonic under-glass fingerprint scanner over the in-display fingerprint sensor.” The phone also features facial recognition technology to unlock the device, in case if the fingerprint scanner doesn’t work. The Honor 10 is already available in India, at a price of ₹32,999.