Some users on Twitter have reported that they are having issues with their Nokia 9 Pureview smartphones – with the issues, in particular, being with regards to the In-display fingerprint sensor that the phones possess. TechAlter from YouTube highlighted the problem yesterday, and as of now, we don’t know what seems to be the root of the issue.
The affected devices seem to be vulnerable to unregistered fingerprints and in one special case, a chewing gum packet was used to unlock the phone via the fingerprint sensor.
Such reports are coming through shortly after HMD Global started the rollout for a new update in relation to the Nokia 9 Pureview – which is believed to have altered the fingerprint sensor. It may be possible that in order to increase the effectiveness of the fingerprint sensor, the company might have lowered the sensitivity threshold for unlocking the device. But then again, this does not explain why only a certain number of devices seem to be affected.
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Of course though, much like face unlocking, fingerprint unlocking too can be unsafe. It can be fooled by an inorganic copy. However, what makes the case of the Nokia 9 Pureview special is the fact that the fingerprint sensor is not actually fooled by a replica of a registered fingerprint, rather by other prints or objects entirely.
It was noted from the beginning that the fingerprint sensor for the Nokia 9 Pureview is problematic. Some experts have noted that the sensor placed on the Nokia 9 Pureview is “by far the worst” In-display fingerprint sensor available throughout the smartphone market.
While In-display fingerprint sensors have only been commercialized on smartphones within the last year, with it being expected that the first iterations of such sensors would lag behind the more common on-body fingerprint sensors when considering both speed and accuracy, the case for the Nokia 9 Pureview is still quite worrying.
However, if it does turn out to be the result of the software update, then it should not take long before HMD Global does what needs to be done.
We have received the Company Statement about the above story read below.
An official statement from HMD:
We have not been able to replicate the issue so far but we will continue to investigate for the avoidance of any doubt and let you know of any further updates.