JDI develops Glass-based Fingerprint Sensor; shipments start this year

by XB on 23rd January 2018

in News

Japan Display Inc (JDI) – formed through the consolidation of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba’s display panel businesses – has announced a move into the sensor segment, through the development of a transparent glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor.

JDI says that these new glass-based sensors will be able to replace the silicon-based fingerprint sensors currently found in smartphones. Smartphones with under-glass fingerprint sensors are already starting to emerge (Vivo got there first), so with this announcement we can expect further developments. JDI says that their solution will shop commercially this fiscal year (ending March 2019).

JDI says its new glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor works by integrating its Pixel Eyes touch functionality into the glass substrate by detecting the changes in capacitance that occur when a finger touches the LCD surface. JDI says it has been successful enough to detect the changes in capacitance caused by the recesses and ridges of an individual’s fingerprints.

Would you like to see this adopted into future Xperia smartphones? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Moisés

    Rolan Quandt tweeted that one phone will be in black, chrome and dark green.

    Someone else answered the tweet and he says one phone with dual cam is €700, same specs but bigger screen is €800 and an super phone ( might be the ” Pro”) with 4k oled , 6gb/128gb is €1000.

  • nargeci


  • This fiscal year? Probably on an XZ Pro? Let´s hope for the best!

  • Rastislav Medved

    Yes, of course

  • Subham Dey

    Hopefully atleast 1 xperia flagship will come with this..May be pro flagship!!!

  • Alvin

    Roland Quandt, from MobileGeeks tweeted yesterday that “New Sony Xperia flagship smartphone” will be available in Liquid Black, Liquid Silver, and Dark Green Colours (more colour variants are possible, maybe it is blue and/or pink, as usual). It will be priced at EUR 700.

    Sony might have 4 or even 5 flagships this year (I think only two or three great flagship models are necessary, they’re wasting their money if they do so).

    H81xx, H82xx, H83xx, H85xx, and maybe a compact model with H84xx code.

    They are an Xperia XZ1 successor (5.2″), a new kind of Xperia model (Possibly H81xx or H85xx Pro-A Model, 5.7″), an Xperia XZs successor, an Xperia XZ1 Compact successor, and even an Xperia XZ Premium successor.

    Take this post with a pinch of salt, though. Since this is only my prediction based on information and leaks from others.

  • Alvin

    Somehow, I think rumours about the 4K OLED phone is false, though. But, I hope they’ll do their best this year.

  • dragonsneeze

    “Liquid” Black sounds like a glass back.

  • Vuyo Ncube

    I doubt they’ll get this in time for the new Xperias of this fiscal quarter.

    A full screen fingerprint reader in an Xperia before 2019 would be fucking epic though!

  • Moisés

    Main flagship has always been glass.
    Htc calls the glass of U11 as LIQUID GLASS

  • Moisés

    Maybe JOLED screen. Theybsell stuff since last year.
    They might be able to make enough just for the ” Pro”.
    5 weeks ahead till MWC…

  • Senior Deplorable

    Surely it is faster to just use the current fingerprint sensor in the power button – only requires one press to unlock!

  • kaostheory

    Problem with screen based is broken screen and screen protectors. Although some phones, Sony included, don’t work with a cracked screen anyway. Face recognition is still the way to go.

  • dragonsneeze

    Well I find those kind of glass backs a little too much. But glass now is pretty standard. Also I don’t consider Premiums as main flags, they never iterated the flagship (5.2 inch ones) name and there’re only 2 of those compared to regular (X)Z line.

  • Moisés

    We had just 2 versions of Premium.
    Because there was no 4K before.

  • Barricade

    So its LCD only for now? Maybe they could sell this to Apple for their non-OLED phones, would make them a lot of money.

  • Phat-t

    Get that nonsense Face ID outta here. Garbage tech

  • Petrohead

    Like the Asian woman who got refunded by Apple because “Face ID” let some other Asian woman open her phone.. Yeah. Sure.
    Apple’s length of updates is the only thing others need to catch on to.

  • Moisés

    Probably all 2018 iphone will use face ID

  • Alfino Pranata

    Will any of them adopting 18:9 Oled panel?

  • Khillo81

    Yeah, what was it they said in the presentation? 1:1000000 chance of someone else being able to unlock your phone? I have yet to find a better implementation than the power button/fingerprint sensor combo. And even if other tech is more secure, who am I? James Bond that people desperately want to get into my phone? Anyone attempting to hack into my phone is going to be severely disappointed…

  • Alvin

    I don’t know about that and I don’t think they’ll use 18:9 for now.

  • Talos the Robot

    Nobody wants the face id. I know people who cry the money they paid for this awkward and unconvenient “feature”. You can’t use your phone when it sits at the table and its very slow. Classic fingerprint sensor all the way and i hope for an in screen implementation when it is ready and fully working.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I hope this is true but I won’t believe until they unveil it :P

  • Barricade

    JDI are rumoured to produce the displays for the also rumoured 6.1″ lesser-spec’d iPhone (the new SE variant). They could opt for this instead of a face ID for that phone. Although that would probably make the phone more popular than the more expensive and ‘better’ OLED variants.

  • singh

    sony xz still works with screen broken , previos z series didnt but xz series do.

  • kaostheory

    Good to know, should be included in every review. I’m still rocking my Z3, waiting for FM to come back to a flagship. Not buying LG (only flagship with fm)

  • kaostheory

    Not a big fan either but it doesn’t need any extra hardware. Fingerprint on a screen probably won’t work with a screen protector. They need to figure out unbreakable/scratch proof screens, and that’s probably a ways off.

  • Moisés

    The lcd iphone wont be new SE version.
    Just like 8+ ..
    It may cost $700 at least.

  • Moisés

    My old xperia C had face unlock.
    Never tried it.
    FPS is better in my opinion.

  • Moisés

    So far all phones certified are 16:9.
    The main flagship may be edge to edge like XA.
    81% screen/body.

  • Moisés

    I like the blue of XZs, but the XZ1 blue is weird.

  • Barricade

    That’s the sad thing. $700 probably is the new SE pricing with phones hitting that $999 pricepoint more often.

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