Qualcomm introduced the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 today, after releasing the Gen 1 for flexible OLED displays in 2018. The second-generation sensor comes in two new sizes, 50 percent faster and 77 percent larger than the Gen 1. We can say that the Qualcomm fingerprint reader is officially leveling up with the new technology.
The Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 sensor is 8 × 8 (64mm2) in size, 77 percent larger than Gen 1 compared to Gen 1, which is 4x9mm (surface area 36mm2). The larger sensor with a wider area allows the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor to capture 1.7 times more biometric data.
The company said that this larger sensor combined with faster processing will be 50 percent faster than the first generation, so you can unlock your device faster than ever before.
Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 is expected to be released on mobile devices in early 2021. Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 1 was introduced in the Galaxy S10 series a few years ago and is used on Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note. Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 is available for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series, which will be introduced on January 14th.
We know that Samsung and Qualcomm are on good terms. Therefore, this new generation sensor can be used to make a difference in the S21 family. Towards the end of 2021, other manufacturers will include Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2 in their flagship models.