Vote Now: Under-Display vs. Rear/Side-Mounted Fingerprint Scanners


Well, the time has come to address this controversial subject! Ever since Vivo introduced the under-display fingerprint scanner to the world in 2018, every major phone maker has tried to integrate the technology into their flagship models.

Granted, there are those rebels that retain the rear- or side-mounted capacitive version of the fingerprint scanner, but somehow it’s considered an inferior solution. It all comes down to personal preference in the end, and that’s what we’re doing today with our poll – checking summer winds and their biometric direction, metaphorically speaking.

I’ve always been a fan of capacitive fingerprint readers – for me it’s a much more robust, efficient and faster solution. You know where it is, you get physical feedback from the button (or circular cutout) itself, and in most cases these scanners don’t slow down over time. On the other hand, under-display scanners are hidden. .. well, under the screen. Which might be the most elegant solution, but then again, my finger ends up looking for them most of the time and often misses the spot.
I know there’s a visual cue that pops up but still, if I have to wait for the fingerprint area to light up I’ll age at a much faster rate (I know that doesn’t make sense but it is how I feel every time with under-display scanners). And then there’s the lag – they seem to work well for the first two weeks, but suddenly you start getting errors and failed attempts. I don’t know if it’s software related or if it’s just all the grease and dirt on the fingerprint scanner (well, Samsung has an ultrasonic one, still slow after a while), but this just isn’t a pleasant user experience.

And I know what you’re thinking – Face Unlock! Yeah, it works and it’s great but let’s just put that aside for a second. We’re talking about fingerprints here – you know the CSI style! So let us know which tech you prefer and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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