Huawei P10 | P10 Plus: Why Having a Front-Mounted Fingerprint Sensor Is Better?


The Huawei P10 series was officially launched in Q1 of 2017, a few weeks right after its official announcement at MWC 2017. No doubt, one of the biggest changes of the P10 series is the fingerprint sensor placement. For the first time, the company has decided to use a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, instead of rear-mounted. So, why do Huawei change? You’ll find out in this article.

*Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Huawei Malaysia.

About the Fingerprint Sensor…

Firstly, the P10 and P10 Plus come with a seamless under-glass fingerprint sensor. It’s actually great for preventing dust or liquid from entering the phone internal, which will cause damage to the phone. Plus, the P10 Plus is actually IPx3-certified splash resistance.

No More On-Screen Buttons, Screen Real Estate

Additionally, the fingerprint sensor also comes with smart touch navigation, which replaces the on-screen buttons. Say goodbye to on-screen buttons as these buttons actually take up precious space on the screen. You can still choose to have the on-screen buttons, though. The smart touch navigation works as below:

  • Touch to return to the previous screen
  • Long press to return to the home screen
  • Swipe left or right to view recent tasks
  • Swipe up from the edge of the screen to launch Google app

Unlock Your Phone Even If It’s on the Table

Have you ever wanted to unlock your phone which is lying flat on the table, but your fingers are oily because you are enjoying your fried chicken. In this case, if you have a phone with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, it’s a sad case. In order to unlock your phone, you’ll have to wash your hands and pick up the phone to touch the rear fingerprint sensor, or just typing your passcode while someone else looking, probably.

With the front fingerprint sensor, all you need to do is setup the fingerprint with your pinky finger, so you can just unlock the phone while enjoying your fried chicken. Furthermore, it’s quite weird to setup your pinky finger as the fingerprint unlock for a phone with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Your Thumbprint Is the Only Legal Symbol

In case you didn’t know, your thumbprint is the only legal symbol for most of the work like voting, withdrawing money, or as your signature. As mobile payment technology is getting more and more advanced these days, it’s not surprising that one day your smartphone will replace your debit/credit card, some countries actually starting that. Who knows, all banks start to get rid of debit/credit card in the future, and use mobile payment only instead? For sure, it’s weird to set up your thumbprint for a phone with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It’s just not ergonomics at all.

Final Words

Whether you like it or not, it’s actually great to see Huawei made a change. Last but not least, the back of the P10 and P10 Plus now look cleaner and more polished without the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.