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Qualcomm has announced a larger and faster fingerprint sensor

Introducing the 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2

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Even with improved facial recognition technology, fingerprint scanning technology is still a cornerstone of smartphone security. Some brands, like Samsung, continue to use the technology for their smartphones. Marking the importance of fingerprint readers, Qualcomm has announced a larger and faster fingerprint sensor.

Named the 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2, the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is likewise found under the screen. However, the new variant will feature an 8mm x 8mm surface area. For reference, the current model only has a 4mm x 9mm surface area.

Further, coupled with the larger operational area, it also features faster processing speed. The scanner will read fingerprints 50 percent faster than the current model. According, the reader will be able to record 1.7x biometric data. It will allow better security and faster access, which is always a great plus for the still-confusable technology.

Despite the announcement, Qualcomm has not announced any upcoming smartphones with the technology. The company has only mentioned that such phones will arrive in “early 2021.” Given that this week is CES 2021, we might see compatible smartphones as early as next week. For example, Samsung, a known client of the technology, will unveil its latest Galaxy S21 series on January 14.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon 480

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Apple reportedly working on a 25W wired charger

Up from the standard 20W

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Apple is reportedly boosting its wired charging capabilities to 25W for the iPhone 13 series. It’s a significant change, given the company’s current charging situation. Since the months leading up to the iPhone 12 series’ launch last year, Apple has controversially played around with how it approaches charging.

Since the iPhone 12 series, Apple stopped shipping free chargers with their new iPhones. The decision resulted in thinner boxes and more phones packed into a single shipment. In the same vein, the company also resurrected the MagSafe system for the iPhone to bring a wireless charging method for consumers. Though it offered Apple a new source of income, consumers were less than thrilled about having to buy a separate charger for their new iPhone.

According to the latest report from MyDrivers, Apple is leaning into that even further. Reportedly, the company’s upcoming supply chain includes a 25W charging capability. Currently, Apple’s main charger only goes up to 20W of wired charging. It retails for US$ 19.99. If the 25W charger is true, who knows how much Apple will sell the accessory for?

Additionally, the modest increase might not prove much in terms of charging capability, anyway. It is, hopefully, a step in the right direction, though. The company’s competitors are already ramping up the charging wars. Most notably, Samsung is reportedly gearing up for a 65W fast charger for next year’s Galaxy S22 series. Apple has a lot of ground to cover if it wants to catch up.

SEE ALSO: Apple launches official MagSafe Battery Pack

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Corning announces durable glass for phone cameras

Called the DX and DX+ lineup

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Despite the evolution of smartphone glass durability, rear cameras are still soft spots for mobile devices. With enough sharp force, the smartphone’s rear camera can shatter, destroying its ability to take photos in the process. Corning is finally planning to address that issue with its DX and DX+ series.

Announced late last week, Corning is bringing its damage-resistant glass to smartphone cameras. Besides offering the company’s iconic durability, the DX and DX+ range will supposedly offer better optics for the camera as well. The glass can reportedly allow 98 percent of light into the camera’s sensor, reducing the usual camera issues such as ghost reflections.

Currently, some smartphone makers use anti-reflective coating to address optical issues. However, as any smartphone camera photographer can tell, issues can still happen especially in bright or low-light conditions.

Naturally, Corning’s claims are still unproven at this point. It will take an actual product before users can tell the difference. According to Corning, the DX and DX+ series will first ship out with upcoming Samsung devices. The company hasn’t listed the specific devices it’s coming to, though. However, if the timing is any indication, Samsung is set to host its next Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. Will this be the first appearance of Corning’s new camera glass?

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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