HP Elite x3’s fingerprint reader works after the Anniversary Update
The smartphone can get the AU through the Insider Program
Earlier this year, HP unveiled its Windows 10 flagship smartphone that includes dual biometrics both an iris scanner and a fingerprint reader. While Windows 10 Mobile has been supporting Iris Scanner from day one, the fingerprint readers are something new for the platform. HP Elite x3 is the first Windows phone even to include such a feature, but the Windows 10 version 1511 (builds 10586.xxx) is not supporting fingerprint readers.
Microsoft started working on adding support for the feature months ago, and now we can confirm that the Anniversary Update enables the fingerprint reader on the HP Elite x3.
The smartphone doesn’t ship with the AU out of the box, at least the first test units sent to the media, but Windows Central confirms that the dual biometrics work after the Anniversary Update. For now the x3 cannot be updated to build 14393 over-the-air, but only through the Insider program – yes, the phone is already supported for Preview builds. An official update to 14393 is expected in the coming days, so those who ordered the phone would be able to upgrade as soon as they open the retail box.
Based on early reviews, we also learn that unlocking the phone using the fingerprint reader is quite fast, noticeably faster than using the iris scanner. The latter is also a bit faster on the X3 compared with the Lumia 950 line-up.