Biometric smartphones are cheaper now. There are 120 models priced less than $150. In Q1 2013, the average price of a biometric smartphone was $849. In Q4 2016, the average price dropped to $276.
There are 87 vendors that sell 500 different biometric smartphone models. ZTE produces the most, about 7% of all biometric smartphones. Huawei is next with 6.2%. Lenovo, Coolpad, and Xiaomi produce about 4% each. Samsung’s biometric smartphone collection is about 3.4% of the total (500).
The most popular biometric smartphone is the iPhone. Apple designed a few versions of the iPhone.
What are Biometrics?
Here’s some background information about biometrics from Wikipedia:
Biometrics refers to metrics related to human characteristics. Biometrics authentication (or realistic authentication) is used in computer science as a form of identification and access control. It is also used to identify individuals in groups that are under surveillance.
Biometric identifiers are then distinctive, measurable characteristics used to label and describe individuals. Biometric identifiers are often categorized as physiological versus behavioral characteristics. Physiological characteristics are related to the shape of the body. Examples include, but are not limited to fingerprint, palm veins, face recognition, DNA, palm print, hand geometry, iris recognition, retina and odour/scent. Behavioral characteristics are related to the pattern of behavior of a person, including but not limited to typing rhythm, gait and voice. Some researchers have coined the term behaviometrics to describe the latter class of biometrics.