Today, Qualcomm has announced the 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor, which is the successor of the 3D Sonic In-display fingerprint sensor it launched last year. The company claims that it is the world’s largest fingerprint sensor and 17 times bigger than its predecessor.
Qualcomm has launched 3D Sonic Max to overcome the issues faced by the first generation sonic sensor that debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S10. With the new sensor, Qualcomm promises better security, faster recognition, and high accuracy.
The large size of the sensor captures more information and makes it difficult for bad actors to break open the smartphone by faking fingerprints. Qualcomm says it is aiming for a million to one accuracy rate, which means the possibility of a random person unlocking your device without having his fingerprint registered is 1 in 1,000,000. Apple’s Face ID offers the same accuracy rate.
Another feature that Qualcomm is bringing with its new fingerprint sensor is that it can authenticate two fingerprints at the same time owing to its large surface area. The feature could prove to be highly useful in situations where stringent security is needed, for example, in banking apps, password lockers, and more.
Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic max fingerprint sensor is touted to be commercially available in 2020 as the company has not announced a particular date for the same yet.