Fingerprint sensors hit India’s budget smartphone market
03 October 2014 08:50 GMT

Smartphones featuring fingerprint sensors are hoped to take the Indian market by storm

Indian smartphone manufacturer Xolo has joined Apple and Samsung in releasing a smartphone which features a fingerprint sensor. However, Xolo’s competitive pricing could bring biometrics-based security to a wider market.

The Xolo Q2100, which was launched on Wednesday in in New Delhi, features a fingerprint scanner at the rear which is capable of storing the data for three fingerprints. The phone is priced at just US$219, significantly less than the iPhone 6 at US$849 and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 at US$599.99.

The Android-based phone also features an IR blaster that is capable of functioning as a universal remote along with the preloaded Peel Smart Remote app, an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera and a 5.5-inch HD screen.

Another Indian phone maker, Auxus, released a low cost handset featuring a fingerprint scanner in August, while California-based, India-focused firm Swipe launched a budget smartphone featuring the same security in the same month.  

In August, a report published by MarketsandMarkets forecast that the fingerprint sensors market is going to jump up to $14.35 billion in 2020.

“Rapid technological developments, increasing demand for simple and secured access for users to their devices, mobile commerce, and high adoption rates of smartphones are the major drivers for such a high growth of the fingerprint sensors market,” wrote the research firm.

Research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan also predicted this month that the number of global biometrics smartphone users will rise to 471.11 million in 2017 from 43.23 million last year.

Released last month, the Chinese MPIE G7 was also released with a fingerprint scanner and a US$147 price tag.

In May, Fingerprint Cards said that it had launched the world's first touch fingerprint sensor specifically developed to be mounted as a home button on the front side of an Android smartphone or tablet.

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