Best phones with in-display fingerprint scanners

The first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner was the Vivo X20 Plus UD, which was announced in January. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few other smartphones with this technology from companies like Huawei, OnePlus, and Oppo, with more manufacturers expected to hop on the bandwagon soon — including Samsung.

The main advantage of in-display fingerprint scanners is that they are hidden from sight, giving smartphones a cleaner look. But the technology isn’t perfect. In-display fingerprint scanners aren’t as fast as traditional ones located below displays or at the back of devices, but we expect to see improvements in this area soon.

Editor’s note: This list of the best phones with in-display fingerprint sensors will be updated as new devices launch.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro was announced a few weeks ago and is the best phone in Huawei’s lineup. It’s also one of the best phones you can get, offering top-of-the-line specs and a gorgeous design.

The Mate 20 Pro has an in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple-camera setup, and 3D facial recognition.

In addition to the in-display fingerprint scanner, the phone also has a triple-camera setup on the back — just like the P20 Pro and LG V40. It also comes with 3D facial recognition, which we haven’t seen on a lot of Android phones so far, and can double as a wireless charging pad. That means you can charge your Qi-compatible phone by placing it on the back of the Mate 20 Pro.

Like the Galaxy S and Note smartphones, the Mate 20 Pro has a curved display. But unlike Samsung’s flagship, it sports a notch. The phone comes with a massive 4,200mAh battery, which is the biggest in its class, but doesn’t have a headphone jack on board. It’s already available on the old continent, retailing for 900 pounds in the U.K and around 1,000 euros (~$1,145) in the rest of Europe. Unfortunately, Huawei said the phone will not be released in the U.S.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 8, 20MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T in-display fingerprint reader

The OnePlus 6T is a minor upgrade over its predecessor. In addition to an in-display fingerprint scanner, which has an unlock time of .34 seconds, it also sports a so-called waterdrop notch that’s approximately 75 percent smaller than the one on the OnePlus 6. The phone also has a larger 3,700mAh battery (up from 3,300mAh), a bigger 6.41-inch display (up from 6.28 inches), and comes with 128GB of base storage instead of 64GB.

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It’s not all good news, though. OnePlus has decided to ditch the headphone jack. This means you’ll either have to opt for Bluetooth headphones or use a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter, which is included in the box. There’s also no wireless charging or an official IP rating.

Most of the other specs and features are the same as those you get with the OnePlus 6. These include the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and the same dual-camera setup on the back. The handset starts at $550, making it $20 more expensive than its predecessor. But the phone does offer twice the storage at 128GB. You’ll be able to order yours from November 6 on OnePlus’ website.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 16 and 20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185g

Read more

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition

The front of the Xiaomi Mi 8.

There are a few other things besides the in-display fingerprint scanner that make the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition stand out. The phone features 3D facial recognition and a transparent back, which allows you to see the internals of the device — sort of. It’s also the first handset to boast dual frequency GPS navigation technology.

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The Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition is a flagship, sporting a large 6.21-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and 8GB of RAM. The phone also has a dual-camera setup on the back and packs 128GB of storage. It’s a great phone overall, but it has a few drawbacks: there’s no headphone jack on board, it doesn’t support expandable storage, and has a rather small battery for its size at 3,000mAh. There’s also no IP rating.

As all Xiaomi’s products, the Mi 8 Explored Edition offers lots of value for money. It launched with a price tag of 3,700 yuan in China, which translates to around $535. It wasn’t officially released in the U.S. or Europe, so you’ll have to buy one from Chinese retailers like GearBest, which currently sells it for $680.

Specs

  • 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,248 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of on-board storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm, 177g

Read more

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Vivo Nex

Vivi Nex with an in-display fingerprint scanner

The Vivo Nex is a futuristic smartphone. In addition to packing an in-display fingerprint scanner, it also has extremely thin bezels around the display and doesn’t feature a notch. The company was able to achieve this by placing the selfie camera inside the phone, which pops up from the top edge when you open the camera app. According to Vivo, the moving mechanism can be raised and lowered up to 50,000 times without a problem, which should be good enough even for those who take a lot of selfies.

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The small bezels also mean Vivo had to get creative with the speaker. The phone features a technology called “Screen SoundCasting”, which basically turns the screen into a speaker. A vibration motor transmits sound through the screen, so you can place your ear anywhere on the display during a call to hear the other person.

The Vivo Nex is a high-end phone and comes with a 6.59-inch Full HD+ display, the Snapdragon 845 chipset, and up to 8GB of RAM, It also sports a dual-camera setup, a 4,000mAh battery, and up to 256GB of storage. There are some omissions – there’s no microSD card slot, IP rating, and wireless charging. The phone is available in China, India, and a few other markets, but it hasn’t been released in the U.S. or Europe. However, you can get it from GearBest for $640.

Specs

  • 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,316 x 1,080 resolution, 338ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 162 x 77 x 7.98mm, 199g

Read more

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Meizu 16 and 16 Plus

in-display fingerprint scanner Meizu

There’s a lot to like about the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus. They look great thanks to the thin bezels around the display, the lack of a notch, and a simple glass back. Both come with top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM, and, of course, an in-display fingerprint scanner. There’s also a headphone jack on board.

The main difference between the two devices is the display size.

The main difference between the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus is the display size. The one on the Plus model measures 6.5 inches, while the regular version sports a 6-inch screen. Other differences can be found in the battery and storage departments, which you can check out in the specs section below.

The biggest problem with the two phones is availability: they are only available in select Asian markets for now but are expected to make their way to Europe. You can still get them, but you’ll have to order yours from one of the many Chinese retailers that ship worldwide. One of them is AliExpress, which is selling the Mezu 16 and 16 Plus for $430 (6GB/64GB) and $560 (6GB/128GB).

Meizu 16 with an in-display fingerprint scanner Meizu

Specs

Meizu 16

  • 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 20MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,010mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 150.5 x 73.2 x 7.3mm, 152g

Meizu 16 Plus

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 374ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 20MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,570mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 160.4 x 78.2 x 7.3mm, 182g

Read more

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Buy from AliExpress (Meizu 16 Plus)

Oppo R17 Pro

An image of a finger touching the in-display fingerprint scanner of the Oppo R17 Pro. Oppo

The Oppo R17 Pro packs a little less power under the hood than the phones above, as it’s powered by the Snapdragon 710 chipset. But it does have a few features you won’t find on other handsets.

The Oppo R17 Pro has a triple-camera setup on the back.

The first one is a triple-camera setup, which is different than the ones of the Huawei P20 Pro and LG V40. It features a 20MP main lens, a 12MP secondary lens, and a “3D stereo camera” lens, which is supposedly more for AR features than camera snapshots. The phone also has two batteries, both with a capacity of 1,850mAh — 3,700mAh in total. Working in tandem, Oppo claims that the maximum charging power is close to 50W and you’ll get a 40 percent charge in only ten minutes.

Other specs and features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Unfortunately, there’s no headphone jack or an IP rating for protection against water and dust. The phone launched in China with a price tag of 4,300 yuan, which translates to around $620. No word on when or if it will make its way to Western markets, but you can order it on AliExpress for $710.

The back of the Oppo R17 Pro. Oppo

Specs

  • 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 710 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 20 and 12MP rear cameras + “3D stereo camera”, 25MP front camera
  • Two Non-removable 1,850mAh batteries — 3,700mAh in total
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.6 x 74.6 x 7.9mm, 183g

Read more

  • Oppo unveils the R17 Pro with two batteries and an in-display fingerprint scanner
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Vivo V11 (V11 Pro)

Vivo V11 Pro

The Vivo V11 — called V11 Pro in some markets — is a mid-range device with a few features generally found on flagships. These include an in-display fingerprint scanner and a near bezel-less design with a waterdrop notch.

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The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset, features 6GB of RAM, and has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display. It also sports a headphone jack and a dual-camera setup on the back. The selfie snapper comes in at 25MP and offers an AI Face Shaping feature for modeling and beautifying your face.

The device has a few drawbacks, though. There’s no NFC, wireless charging, or a USB Type-C port, among other things. But it is one of the more affordable phones with an in-display fingerprint scanner you can get. It’s available in India for 26,000 rupees, which is around $355. Oppo hasn’t revealed if the phone will be released in Europe or the U.S.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 660 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 5MP rear cameras, 25MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.6 x 74.6 x 7.9mm, 156g

Read more

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These are the best phones with in-display fingerprint scanners in our opinion, although there are a few other great options to choose from. Which ones would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments. 

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