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Android phone with a fingerprint sensor launched for just 6999 INR.

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    Default Android phone with a fingerprint sensor launched for just 6999 INR.

    The Android phone market is flooded with some high end features at a very affordable price. The competition is getting stiff day by day and each brand, whether big or small, is coming up with some high end offerings at an affordable price tag.
    Yet again, a Chinese mobile maker 'UMI' has come up with unbelievable offerings at an affordable price tag of as low as 6999 INR. The phone boasts a 5" HD display, a 1.3ghz quad core 64 bit processor, 4g, 8 megapixel read camera and a 5 megapixel front camera and amazingly, a fingerprint sensor with a 99% accuracy. That's something unbelievable!!
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    I'm unsure as to what the fingerprint sensor is for? I'm assuming you mean as a security feature like other brands have just recently introduced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by waqsi View Post
    The Android phone market is flooded with some high end features at a very affordable price. The competition is getting stiff day by day and each brand, whether big or small, is coming up with some high end offerings at an affordable price tag.
    Yet again, a Chinese mobile maker 'UMI' has come up with unbelievable offerings at an affordable price tag of as low as 6999 INR. The phone boasts a 5" HD display, a 1.3ghz quad core 64 bit processor, 4g, 8 megapixel read camera and a 5 megapixel front camera and amazingly, a fingerprint sensor with a 99% accuracy. That's something unbelievable!!
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    It sounds interesting. You are right the competition is going to be stiffer in days to come.


    I believe UMI is an Android device. The features at such a low price tag is really attractive. Do you have any idea about its RAM capacity because a phone with great features and a low RAM can kill the show. I think it is not wise to ask for a highly durable handset at such a low price and with great features. Anyway, thanks for sharing this information @waqsi.

    I think the fingerprint scanner can be used to unlock the phone, right? It is a bio-metric security system as far as I know.

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    If the fingerprint scanner is to unlock the phone I'd be a little sceptical I think, because even in the top of the range devices the fingerprint scanners weren't the best, and some of them could be unlocked by a picture of a thumb being placed on there.

    The main problem was it didn't even have to be your thumb, just any thumb would do the job and while I think that's been fixed now, I wouldn't be to sure if that would be the case in a device of this price.

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    @webworld I'm sorry I forgot to mention the device name. The device is named as UMI Fair, UMI is the brand itself.
    @pwarbi Even I'm a bit skeptical about the fingerprint sensor for such a low price. I doubt if that will work accurately, it would either be just a gimmick or simply inaccurate. Still, I feel anything is possible in today's world. In the past when Nokia was a leading phone maker, nobody could have thought that a phone with a 21 megapixel camera would come at a price tag of as low as 18,499 INR (Moto X Play), in future.

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    There's no doubt that technology is improving rapidly, but with the best will in the world I'm not sure that fingerprint technology will ever be that useful on mobile devices.

    For wall mounted stationary security I think it works, mobiles aren't as stable as those so I'm yet to be convinced.

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    @Pwarbi Hmm, I feel the same. I'm still comfortable with the current security options with my phone. I always use a pattern lock to secure my phone, as it's best to me. One thing always hits my mind about fingerprint sensor, if I'm sleeping and my friends or my siblings try to see my personal pictures, messages or anything, wouldn't it be too easy for them to unlock my phone with my thumb while I'm sleeping?

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    For security features, I think it can actually backfire. What happens if the app stops working properly? Then you can't use your phone anymore? I would be nervous about that.

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    @nailah783 you're absolutely correct! It can really backfire if you're having a hard luck, and then it would create some serious problems to your phone. If your phone goes out of warrant, I think you would be insanely charged for its repair, I guess.

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    I'm actually glad that fingerprint sensors are finding their way onto phones. Smart phones are not exactly cheap and they are a target for thieves. I know of plenty of people who've had their phones stolen from them when they visited the local mall or coffee shop. If the phone can be made redundant without it's original owner's fingerprint, then that's a good thing. However, this may hurt the used mobile phone market.

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    The Chinese companies can go to any extent to increase their share in the business market. Offering dirt cheap price phones is another strategy that they have come up with in the last few years. Although the intelligent people still understand the difference between a cheap mobile and a costly one, but still they are definitely doing some good for the people belonging to the lower socioeconomic strata of the society. Due to the marginal prices of these mobile phones loaded with the latest features, the poorer sections are also able to enjoy the technological advancements to the fullest.

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    I use face scanner to unlock my phone and no one else in my house can unlock it. I think Finger print unlocking is a great innovation, How I wish most banks will use it in ATM machines instead of a password.

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    I too use face scanner in my smartphone. I think it is a cool feature to use. But sometimes the system fails to identify the face as it is. But then the unlock patterns mode becomes active and I will be able to open the handset with the pre-definted pattern. I think finger print sensor will be mroe accurate than a face scanning mode. The accuracy is higher in finger print scanning than in face recognition.

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    Yet another brand with fingerprint scanner to hit the local market is the 'Coolpad Note 3' priced at Rs 8,999.00. Asus is also reportedly preparing to launch its 'ZenFone 3' with fingerprint scanner, hopefully in the sub Rs 10,000.00 price range.

    The fact that we are about to witness FRT (Fingerprint Recognition Technology) in budget smartphones, is in one way laudable, because of the enhanced security it offers.

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    While if it works properly then it can be a bonus but do you really trust it? While fingerprint technology is available on the most expensive devices these days, if you ask the users of those devices they don't tend to use it.

    When they first buy the phone they use it as a novelty, a gimmick but that soon wears off and they then disable it and revert back to a password or PIN to secure their device instead.

    If it's not trusted on an expensive devices, would you trust it on a budget one?

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    That is true. Even simple face detection locking does not work properly in most of the modern phones. I think this is an area which needs further R&D in future. In finger print scanning too same may be the situation. Once scanning is failed the system may ask you to use other options like pattern locking, face detection or normal password protection.

    I have seen that pattern locking has been a success in all the phones. There was a news that pattern locking could save you from a particular type of hacking. But the handset manufacturers do not recommend it fully and labeled it as only 50% secure. I think there might be reason behind this classification.

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    I have also encountered error while unlocking my phone with 'Face unlock' system. I still prefer using pattern unlock system as it seems best to me. However, fingerprint unlocking system is now in trend and we might be able to see this feature available in handsets at really cheap prices.

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    There is no doubt that finger scanning will be a standard feature of modern phones in future. As it cannot be copied by another person, it is unique and provides a great deal security. I read somewhere a specific mobile model is also planning to have retina scanning for enhanced security. I don't know how effective it would be. May be it will be harmful for our eyes too. When technology comes, health always take a back seat nowadays.

    When finger scanning becomes popular, people will come out with another tool to bye pass the security.

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    I don't think Fingerprint security system would be as good as pettern unlock. I don't know why but I'm not much comfortable with Fingerprint scanning feature. Instead, I would choose Iris scanner over it.

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    Almost all of the phone companies released a version of the phone which can use fingerprint scanning. This feature will increase the security of the phone and it will surely attract most of the buyers since and it is new and almost all of the buyers right now are fascinated with new features of a phone. I think that with this kind of feature we can use it to identify other people's info, especially if companies will develop a database where we can recognize or get the info of a person by just getting their finger prints into our phone and I think that function would be great.

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