We had heard rumors a few months back that Xiaomi Mi5 will have a fingerprint scanner on its home button similar to iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6. Now we have a report that the Chinese mobile maker has registered a patent application for new fingerprint scanning technology.

According to the Chinese website news.mydrivers, Xiaomi has filed a patent that has been published by the State Intellectual Property Office, China for a method for fingerprint implementation on touch buttons of mobile devices. There is a possibility that this new fingerprint scanning method will be used by Xiaomi in its next flagship Mi5. Xiaomi currently does not have this technology and if it gets the patent, the company can use its own fingerprint scanning technology in its next flagship.

The patent is primarily for integration of fingerprint recognition on touch buttons, using a glass layer over the touch button to provide protection, impart structural strength and improve the aesthetics. As we know, Apple has made use of sapphire glass for protecting its Touch ID technology inside the home button.

The English translation of other details mentioned in the patent application is as follows:

“The device comprises a bottom fingerprint sensors and optical sensor provided in the terminal equipment of the cover glass; fingerprint identification circuit connected fingerprint sensor for fingerprint recognition sensor and the fingerprint information analysis and processing, obtain fingerprint analysis ; host processor, and an optical sensor and fingerprint identification circuit connections for the monitored optical sensor light information received to determine whether cover glass touch button operation; identity authentication based on fingerprint analysis results obtained fingerprint identification circuit.”

Xiaomi Mi 5 is expected to feature a 5.2-inch 1440 x 2560 pixels QHD display, a quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor with Adreno 420 GPU, a 3GB of RAM, 16GB/64GB of built-in storage, a 16MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera and a 3,600 mAh battery.

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