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Huawei’s 3D Fingerprint on the P9 & P9 Plus Fully Detailed

April 6, 2016 - Written By Alexander Maxham

If there’s one thing that Huawei knows, it’s fingerprints. They have been using fingerprint sensors on their smartphones for quite some time, primarily on their Mate series. Google worked with Huawei last year on the Nexus 6P, in which Huawei lent a bit of their expertise to Google for the Nexus 6P’s fingerprint sensor. Now with the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus launching today in London, Huawei is detailing the 3D fingerprint sensor that is on the back of these two new flagships.

This new fingerprint sensor uses 3D sensing which gives the fingerprint sensor a bit more depth. It also gives a bit more security to your fingerprint on your device, making it tougher for users to hack into your shiny new Huawei P9 or Huawei P9 Plus. Huawei is also touting the fact that this sensor has four levels of security for your fingerprint. The first level is the Ridge flow for your fingerprint. The second is the ridge formation, followed by ridge path deviation, and then the fourth is 3D ridge depth. All of this makes Huawei’s new fingerprint sensor one of the easiest to use, and also one of the most secure available on a smartphone these days.

Huawei has placed the fingerprint sensor on the back of the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus, as they have with every other phone so far. Not a big surprise, and for most people, this works the best. Seeing as your index finger rests there while holding the phone. The Huawei P9 is a 5.2-inch device, while the P9 Plus is a 5.5-inch smartphone from Huawei. Both are going to be available in select countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia beginning April 16th. The Huawei P9 is starting at €599 and the Huawei P9 Plus is going for €749 in Europe. So far they appear to be some pretty great smartphones from Huawei, with two cameras on the back – in fact there is one that is just for taking black and white photos. Huawei appears to have gone all out with this one, definitely nice to see in this world of smartphones.

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