People of all ages take privacy very seriously in this day and age. It doesn’t matter whether they are teens still in high school or people with spouses and families everyone wants privacy.
Another thing everyone wants is smartphones. Smartphone security is a huge deal nowadays.Nobody likes others going through their phones. So what’s the best way to keep your phone locked it isn’t patterns or pins it’s having a fingerprint sensor. Nobody will be able to get to your stuff without having the same fingerprint as you. (No two people have the same fingerprint by the way).
From Apple’s Touch ID to Google’s Nexus Imprint, more and more smartphone manufacturers are now including it to their latest phones. With fingerprint sensors becoming common in the smartphone industry, the fingerprint sensor has become an essential part of the design language of smartphones of today. Most of the flagship phones now incorporate it either on the back or on the front so you can jump right into your phone with just a touch of your finger.
Here is a rundown of the top smartphones with best fingerprint sensors in 2016.
Smartphones with Best Fingerprint Sensors 2016
10. Xperia Z5/Z5 Premium/Z5 Compact
There are 3 options to choose from the latest trio of Xperia’s waterproof flagship devices. Based on user preferences, you can either get a smaller 4.6” Z5 Compact, the moderate 5.2” Z5 or the 5.5” Z5 Premium which is the world’s first smartphone with a 4K display.
Other than the display sizes and resolution, the three of the phones have more or less the same specs. All three of them include a fingerprint reader built within the new power button redesigned so that you can rest a finger, most likely a thumb, to unlock them easily.
The Xperia Z5 series gives users the choice to select from 3 different sizes, all having decent specs and a fingerprint.
9. iPhone SE
The iPhone SE is the spiritual successor to the iPhone 5S. This new 4-inch iPhone carries the design and form factor of the smaller iPhone 5S and packs the same power as the larger iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus at a much reasonable price starting in at just $399. The iPhone SE also includes Touch ID 2.0, the latest version, making it snappier to get access through the lock screen by just pressing the home button.
Powered by Apple A9 chip, iPhone SE has same the 12mega-pixel rear camera with the ability to shoot 4K videos and even the same CPU and GPU as the bigger iPhones.
The downside here is the exclusion of a Force Touch display and presence of the measly old 1.2mega-pixel front-facing camera similar to the iPhone 5S. Another major con for this cheaper new iPhone is that there are only 2 storage options to choose from; 16gb and 64gb. A 128gb option is also not present this time around.
With Touch ID on board, iPhone SE is a budget-friendly iPhone for those looking for powerful smartphones with smaller screens in a market where 5-inches or above is the new normal.
8. Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Note 5 was a major redesign Samsung’s Note lineup, with a unibody design and an improved S Pen. The Note 5 borrowed heavily from the Galaxy S6 and infused it in the phablet series with better specs.
The fingerprint sensor here resides in the home button that works on the press of a finger. It’s fairly adequate in terms of speed.
The Note 5 is a great phone with Samsung’s unique and intuitive stylus support. A fingerprint reader also comes bundled in this feature packed phone.
7. Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge improve on what were already the best phones of 2015, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The new duo has the best specs you can find in the smartphone market today. No compromises in terms of performance.
The only reason why Samsung’s new flagship device is far below in our list is due to the performance of its fingerprint reader embedded in the home button. It doesn’t perform as swiftly as other flagship devices.
The S7 and S7 Edge check all of the boxes you would expect from a high-end smartphone. Although the fingerprint sensor is slightly slower than other smartphones in the market, it is not that far behind and is forgivable.
6. Xiaomi Mi5
Looking for a phone under a limited budget with huge storage, flagship specs, and a fingerprint sensor? The Xiaomi Mi5 is a match made in heaven for you. Just to give you an idea about the prices, the Mi5 costs nearly half the price of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
There are two options to choose from; the standard and the Pro model. Featuring 128gb of flash storage and 4gb RAM, the Pro model jumps right through the lock screen within a fraction of a second. The same case applies to the standard version of the Mi5. The fingerprint sensor is built right in the physical home button.
Decent cameras flushed right into the thin body, two different backings to choose from depending on the model (Ceramic, Glass) and the almost bezel-less design make it difficult to ignore the ridiculously good-looking Xiaomi Mi5.
Xiaomi Mi5 is a phone with top-grade specs including a speedy fingerprint reader, different storage options and of course, an affordable price.
5. Nexus 5X
Nexus 5X is the most budget-friendly sibling of the new Nexus devices. Google introduced Nexus Imprint for their latest Nexus devices making them capable of reading fingerprints. The sensor responds rapidly at the touch of a finger. It is slightly faster than the new Touch ID.
It has a 5.2” AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 12.3-mp rear, and 5-mp front cameras and runs buttery-smooth stock Android 6.0 on Snapdragon 808.
See Also: How to Improve Nexus 5x Performance
The Nexus 5X is a powerful phone packed with features including the Nexus Imprint which you can purchase without breaking the bank.
4. iPhone 6S/iPhone 6S Plus
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus came out last year as an upgrade to the hot-selling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple also introduced the second generation of Touch ID with these newer iPhones claiming to be twice as fast as the old one.
These S models include a 12-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording capability, a 5-megapixel front camera, A9 chip, improved CPU and GPU and Force Touch.
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are one of the best smartphones with fingerprint sensor currently in the market. With two screen sizes to choose from depending on your preferences, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are the best options for any iOS enthusiast.
3. Nexus 6P
Nexus 6P is one of the best Nexus devices so far with Huawei manufacturing it, giving it a metallic design similar to its Mate series. With Nexus Imprint, the fingerprint sensor here is definitely faster than the one present in the iPhone 6S.
With a slightly bigger 5.7” AMOLED display, it is the elder sibling of the Nexus 5X and runs on Snapdragon 810. The new Nexus duo also has some of the best cameras in the market right now.
Being a Nexus device, it’s a no-brainer for any Android purist to get this device.
2. LG G5
The LG G5 is a major redesign from the plastic/leather back G4. LG’s latest flagship now sports an all-metal body accompanied with a modular design.
The unique Knock-Code present in the previous iterations of the G line-up was a move away from the traditional PIN codes and patterns but LG has now embedded a fingerprint reader inside the power button on the back of the phone.
LG G5 has a 5.3” Quad-HD display, 16-mp rear, and 8-mp front camera. It has a dual lens setup for the rear camera so that you can take impressive wide-angle shots. It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, one of the most powerful processors present at the moment. LG is still able to maintain the removable battery, at a time when all major manufacturers have skipped it, thanks to the new modular design. The new design allows the use of modules which LG likes to call “LG Friends”.
A speedy fingerprint reader combined with top-notch specs and modular design makes LG G5 the best choice for someone looking for a flagship device.
1. Huawei Mate 8
Huawei Mate 8 is the, without a doubt, the best smartphone when it comes down to fingerprint readers. It simply obliterates the competition with the sensor picking up the fingerprints in an instant.
It has a giant 6” IPS display and runs on HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor. The metal body makes it the best-looking phone on the list using industry leading fingerprint sensors. The EM UI, Huawei’s skin on top of Android, has some shortcomings but they are ignorable.
The best part of the phone is the 4000mAh battery making it easier to pass the day with a full charge. Fast charging is also onboard.
If you’re looking for a smartphone with a zippy fingerprint reader and a battery packing tons of juice then the Huawei Mate 8 is the perfect match for you.