With newer smartphones being introduced with “FullView” displays, most manufacturers are still trying to find an ideal place for a fingerprint sensor. Samsung had gone with a rear-mounted unit while Apple has ditched it completely on the iPhone X. Interestingly, Huawei had managed to squeeze one on the bottom chin of its Huawei Mate 10 and honor View10.
It’s no secret that Chinese smartphone maker, vivo, wants to be the first to embed a fingerprint sensor on the screen itself. Last year they had a showcase using Qualcomm’s Sense ID technology and now they want to convince the world that they are one step closer in introducing one on a phone that you can actually buy.
I think the best way to describe the iPhone X‘s design is that it’s a very “in your face” smartphone. It’s unapologetic about its notch, weighty with the stainless steel band and head-turning with its minimal bezels. But the end result pays off because when someone sees an iPhone X, there’s absolutely no mistaking it for any other smartphone.
That is, until now. Now people might mistake that RM5,000 smartphone in your pocket as a Leagoo S9.
iPhone X. Apple’s trying their hardest to convince you that this is the next big thing. That this is the smartphone that all smartphones will look like in the future. That this is the phone all other phones will be benchmarked against.
But is it really? I’m not convinced. I’ve combed through a whole bunch of articles and videos about this smartphone but I’m still unconvinced. All of us at SoyaCincau have a lot of strong opinions about the handset. Some are deeply unimpressed while others are less so.
Despite this back-and-forth debate, though, all of us do agree that there is one big thing on the iPhone X that will almost certainly not be the “future of smartphones”. Yep, this is a story about Face ID.
The new Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a finger print scanner making it similar as the iPhone 5S‘s Touch ID. While both scanners are placed on the home button, the execution of the two is actually quite different. The iPhone 5S scanner works seamlessly and you can unlock the device while the display is switched off. On the plus side, it recognises your finger print no matter which way you press on the home button as you would normally do on an iPhone.
For the Galaxy S5, there’s an extra step of waking up the device before you could unlock using your fingerprint. Furthermore, the Galaxy S5 requires you to swipe your finger directly on the home button from the top to bottom. This makes it awkward to unlock in a single hand but nevertheless it is still a better implementation than the rear mounted placement on the HTC One Max.
You can check out the video comparison of two after the break.
The Touch ID on the iPhone 5S is rather amazing, making biometric security easier than what we’ve seen on computers. While this seems to be the best security yet, the Touch ID was easily bypassed by a group of biometric hackers from Chaos Computer Club.
All they needed to get started is a high resolution photograph of the owner’s finger print on a glass surface. According to them, the iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner is much secure than most scanners out there due to its higher resolution of 2400 dpi. In order to bypass, they had to up its “fake” fingerprint resolution in order for it to work. It seems easy from the video but the process of faking a fingerprint is rather tedious. You can check out the step by step instructions here.
Obviously this is not easy to replicate in real life scenario unless of course you have an obsessive partner that is adamant about peeking into your phone’s contents. Nevertheless, the Touch ID is still a better option compared to Android’s Face Unlock.
Watch the video of the iPhone 5S Touch ID being bypassed after the beak.
A fingerprint scanner in an iPhone. When we heard about it, we dismissed it as a ridiculous rumour and for good reason. Fingerprint scanners have been in computers for years now, they promise enhanced security but they are notorious for piss poor accuracy and when they do work they take way too long to read your print.
So you can understand why we didn’t think Apple would bother with a fingerprint scanner on their latest iPhone. It’s just too cumbersome, too finicky, too unApple to find the place in the sleek, intuitive iPhone. And then Apple reinvented the fingerprint scanner.
Obviously we’ve not yet tried Touch ID ourselves but looking at the many hands-on reviews and comments from people who have the experience is totally unlike anything that we are used to.
Apple’s Touch ID does everything fingerprint scanners didn’t. It’s easy to setup, it’s accurate, its fast, its intuitive and most important of all, it doesn’t change the way you use your iPhone. Yet at the same time Touch ID offers substantial benefits for mobile security than any other security method currently being used in a smartphone. It’s practical, robust security that’s so easy to use that it becomes second nature, and it makes Google’s Face Unlock look like a plaything.
No one sums up Touch ID more perfectly and succinctly than Johnny Ive: “Touch ID defines the next step of how you use your iPhone making something as important as security so effortless, so simple. We believe that technology is at its very best, at its most empowering when it simply disappears.”
That’s just beautiful.
Touch ID is a amazing and competitors will scramble to offer something similar in their next flagship product but is it enough to put the iPhone back at the top? We don’t think so.
See a demo video of how Touch ID works after the jump.