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A fingerprint scanner for the HTC One Max?

New leaks of the HTC One Max have just surfaced on the web today and it looks like we could finally be seeing the fingerprint scanner that we had hoped the LG G2 would have. The mysterious feature in the case of the latter turned out to just be a volume rocker, power button and shutter button in one placed on the back of the device for more comfortable smartphone usage. These recent pictures show a device much like the one we saw in other leaks, letting us think that maybe the fingerprint rumors could be true.

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Could we finally be seeing a fingerprint scanner on a smartphone? © ePrice

The photos of the HTC One Max, also know as T6, were delivered by Taiwanese website ePrice which holds a good reputation for spreading rumors and showing leaks that end up being true when the devices are officially presented. You can observe the pictures of the HTC One Max which show a centered square right under the camera lens. When taking a look at the pictures of the inside of the back cover, these speculations about a fingerprint scanner seem more credible. There is also a picture of device settings with a finger print icon as well.

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Do you think this would be a useful feature? © ePrice/HTC/AndroidPIT

I was personally a little let down when the LG G2's mysterious back-facing object turned out to be a multi-functional button and not a scanner. Therefore I hope that HTC will deliver this with the One Max. Rumor has it that the awaited iPhone 5S could also have this new feature. It's also worth pondering which functions this scanner could have, other than simply unlocking the device. Sharing your phone with others could become a little difficult, unless you can set up more than one fingerprint per device.

Needless to say, we don’t know much more about this rumored aspect of the One Max. Here is what we do think we know so far:

Display 5.99-inch Full HD
Processor Quad-core 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Memory 2 GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Camera 2.1 MP (front); UltraPixel ? MP (back)
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
User Interface Sense 5.5

Do you think adding a fingerprint scanner is a good move for smartphone manufacturers? Or do you think that the unlocking features that are already in place are good enough? Could this help reduce phone theft? 

Let's wait and see if it is presented at the 2013 Berlin IFA electronic consumer event that my AndroidPIT colleagues and I will be attending.


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  • Rolfhu Aug 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Good idea??? I wonder how it works in different weather conditions or with dry or sweat hands. FPScanner can also have problems if you just washed your hands. Use FPS on my notebook and we have used another type for access control. Would never buy a mobile with it ;-)

  • ljhaye Aug 29, 2013 Link to comment

    As an iOS developer the fingerprint scanner SDK combined with their new iBeacon protocol is going to change security. Apple is going to turn security into a service on top of their passbook initiative. HTC's me too hardware is without purpose, don't worry Apple will show the other OEM's the way as usual, pathetic.

  • Ed E. Aug 29, 2013 Link to comment

    I think it will be a great idea to have a finger print scanner on the smart phones, if the software is on its own if for some reason someone gets acess to your phone they can't make any changes to the software without that finger print. Basically it must be deep within the root to be able to get acess to your info and have the ability to lock your phone completely down.

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