A new smartphone from Xiaomi has become the first mobile device to implement the second-generation version of Fingerprint Cards’ curved capacitive fingerprint sensor.
The device in question is the Redmi K50, which will officially launch in China this week. Aimed primarily at mobile gamers, the device features a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 4,700mAh battery, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, and shoulder buttons just like the ones we’ve seen. found on many controllers for video game consoles.
The FPC1552, meanwhile, is integrated into the side of the device and offers a curved form factor “for more seamless integration,” Fingerprints explained in a statement announcing the smartphone integration.
The company announced its first side-mount curved sensor solution, the FPC1542, in fall 2020, with then-Mobile Business Line SVP Ted Hansson explaining at the time that Fingerprints was addressing “the growing demand for sensors offering maximum design flexibility. without compromising security or functionality. The sensor would go on to be integrated into several Xiaomi smartphones, becoming a highlight in a commercial FPC update in May 2020.
“We are excited to have established a new segment of capacitive fingerprint sensors for smartphones, where our innovative technology powers the latest designs,” Hansson said, in the company’s latest announcement. “Once again, we have been chosen by Xiaomi and continue our strong, long-term relationship with an industry leader.”
Hansson is now president of the Chinese subsidiary of Fingerprint Cards, the result of a corporate restructuring following a strategic review launched by the company’s board of directors last summer. When the restructuring was announced in November 2021, Fingerprint Cards explained that Hansson would lead Shanghai-based Fingerprint Technology Company, while Michel Roig would lead a payments and access control-focused subsidiary called Fingerprint Cards Switzerland.
In its latest corporate update, Fingerprint Cards explained that the restructuring officially took effect on January 1. In the company’s announcement for the Redmi K50 sensor integration, Hansson’s role is listed as “President Mobile, PC & Access China at Fingerprints”.
Sources: Fingerprint Cards, Android Central