By and large the most exciting thing about today's smartphones is biometric security. With the iPhone X really taking face scans to a new level to just about every flagship having lightning quick fingerprint scanners, the acceleration of hardware has been bar-none the most impressive.
It also makes Synaptics newest invention, codenamed Clear ID, really really cool.
Clear ID is expected to be the same familiar fingerprint scanner, however it no longer takes up a spot on the nearly invisible bezel trend of 2018, a shift we've seen in every new phone (with a few exceptions) that is only getting more exaggerated. Exactly one year ago, Synaptics announced the FS9100 optical fingerprint sensor "family." It was less of a product line, more of a concept. Mostly because it caused the Galaxy line of Samsung phones to make a last-minute change to their off center scanners on the back of the phone, instead hidden neatly under the display.