OnePlus has just announced that its OnePlus 2 flagship smartphone will sport a new fingerprint sensor. It’s been rumoured for a while now, and will likely also make its way to the next line of Google Nexus device as well since Android M also adds fingerprint support.
OnePlus 2 fingerprint unlock
The fingerprint sensor is rumoured to be on the back of the OnePlus 2, a device with a metal chassis, a wooden back cover, and bezels on the top and bottom that are extremely thin.
Other OnePlus 2 specs announced up until now include a Snapdragon 810 processor and the new style USB-C port for charging and synchronising. It’s also been noted that the phone will cost around $322, and that it will be officially announced via a special virtual reality conference on July 27th.
It’s perhaps no surprise that handset manufacturers are taking Apple’s lead in adding fingerprint sensors to their devices. The iPhone’s TouchID sensor works amazingly well and has proved a big hit with consumers. From my personal experience, I can say it makes unlocking the phone and purchasing apps and content so much easier.
Here’s what OnePlus had to say about the fingerprint sensor:
With the OnePlus 2, the fingerprint sensor is done right. It’s refined and lightning quick, unlocking your device faster than TouchID. The average person checks their phone over 200 times per day. If you spend just three seconds inputting a PIN number or pattern, that’s over an hour of your time gone each week.
On the OnePlus 2, one quick tap takes you right to your homescreen. With the ability to store up to five fingerprint profiles, it’s fast, it’s safe, and it’s secure. Your smartphone is your most personal device, and its security should be personal, too.
It’s hard to see how the claim of being faster than Apple’s TouchID is even possible. When unlocking an iPhone, pressing and holding your finger unlocks the phone immediately with no lag or delay. Can you get any faster than that?
Android M meanwhile will officially introduce support for fingerprint sensors. Samsung and other companies have had their own custom ones for a while, and Apple has benefitted from having TouchID on all their new flagship phones. With Google adding support for such sensors in Android M, it also seems highly likely that Google will add one to its next Nexus lineup too…