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Phones with in-screen fingerprint scanners: Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro and more

The iPhone 11 is rumored to have an in-display fingerprint scanner. But these phones already have the feature.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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Apple is anticipated to unveil its upcoming iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 (though nothing has been confirmed), but already there are tons of rumors surrounding the device. In addition to having a square camera bump that's similar to the Pixel 4, a USB-C charging port and a price increase, the phone is speculated to have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This means that instead of using facial recognition and Face ID, you can scan your fingerprint directly on the screen to unlock your phone and, in some cases, authorize payments.

But like with many "new" iPhone features, like multitasking and swipe typing, several Android phones already have this technology. Back at CES 2018, we tried out the first phone with an embedded fingerprint sensor on an unnamed Vivo phone. But it's not just obscure phones from China that have the technology -- big-name phones like the recently announced Note 10 flaunt the feature. One report estimates that by the end of 2019, 100 million phones will ship with fingerprint scanners built into the screen.

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True, the feature isn't as widespread as other special features like, say, water resistance or a multi-camera setup. But it does pop up enough times that if the iPhone 11 were to have it, it would be playing catch up at this point instead of leading the pack. Read on to see what Android phones already have in-screen fingerprint scanners. And if you have one of these phones, let us know how you like the feature -- is it fast? Does it work smoothly? Do you prefer a dedicated sensor instead?

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The Note 10 features a 6.3-inch display, three rear cameras, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a signature S Pen stylus that can remotely control the phone's camera via Bluetooth. Meanwhile, the larger 6.8-inch Note 10 Plus has an additional fourth depth-sensing camera on the back. And while neither will have a headphone jack, the Note 10 Plus will at least retain its expandable storage.

Read more about the Note 10.

A number of phones in Samsung's latest lineup of flagship phones have in-screen fingerprint sensors. That includes the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G. In addition, all of these phones have sharp screens, a long battery life, a water resistant design and the ability to charge other devices wirelessly.

Read the Galaxy S10 review.

Though it doesn't have a headphone jack and wireless charging, the OnePlus 7 Pro is fast, has a neat pop-up camera, is somewhat water resistant and its triple rear cameras take fantastic pictures -- all at $80, £66 and AU$120 less than its closest Samsung and iPhone rivals.

Read the OnePlus 7 Pro review.

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Not only does the Moto Z4 have an in-screen fingerprint sensor, it also has a 48-megapixel rear camera and connects to the next-gen cellular network known as 5G (as long as you have the Moto Mod accessory). And it only costs $499 (about £392 and AU$714).

Read more about the Moto Z4.

The Galaxy A50 proves you don't need to pay a fortune to have the latest features. At $350, £309 or AU$500, the A50 is one of the cheapest phones in this roundup and features a 6.4-inch display and a headphone jack. On the back are three cameras that include a wide-angle lens as well as a "depth lens," which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds.

Read the Galaxy A50 review.

The Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are two gorgeous phones with fantastic cameras. Their batteries also last an exceptionally long time. However, due to political entanglements, you won't be able to easily get Huawei phones in the US anytime soon.

Read the Huawei P30 review.

Launched in 2018, the OnePlus 6T was the first OnePlus phone to have an embedded fingerprint scanner. Still available today, it offers top-notch hardware including a lightning-speed processor and an excellent camera for hundreds of dollars less than its competitors.

Read the OnePlus 6T review.

Though it doesn't have expandable storage and its audio speaker sounds muffled when you charge the phone, 2018's Mate 20 Pro has a generously sized display, an eye-catching design and an impressive list of hardware specs.

Read the Mate 20 Pro review.

Despite copying the iPhone X's navigational gesture, using the Vivo Nex and its immersive, no-notch, bezeless screen is still a treat. Its pop-up camera works well and its performance is as smooth as butter.

Read the Vivo Nex review.

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The Oppo R17 has an underscreen fingerprint sensor, a 6.4-inch display and a Snapdragon 670 processor. As a more budget-friendly phone, the R17  costs 3,499 yuan, or about $510, £395 or AU$700.

Read more about the Oppo R17.

As one of the first phones to have a in-screen scanner, the Vivo X21 stood out last year as a slim, sleek phone with a long battery life and forward-looking features. Unfortunately, when we reviewed it at the time we observed that its sensor didn't work as fast as a physical scanner. The tech has improved since then, thankfully.

Read the Vivo X21 review.

Vivo V11

Available in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia, the Vivo V11 is another inexpensive phone on the list. It features a 6.41-inch screen, a 3,400mAh battery and a Snapdragon 660 chipset. On the front is an impressive 25-megapixel camera, so you can take super sharp selfies and videos.

Read more about the Vivo V11.

The story originally published on July 19, 2019.
Update, Aug. 14: Adds Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Galaxy A50.