Nokia 9's fingerprint scanner fooled by chewing gum

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23 Apr 2019

Apparently, Nokia 9 can be unlocked using chewing gum

A month ago, HMD Global made major headlines with its 'penta-camera' flagship Nokia 9 PureView.

The device boasts of a strong set of specifications. But as it turns out, it's not as impressive on the security front.

Multiple Nokia 9 owners have reported that the in-display fingerprint scanner of the device is bugged and can be unlocked using chewing gum.

Here are the details.

Issue

Unregistered fingerprints, chewing gum pack unlocking Nokia 9

Unregistered fingerprints, chewing gum pack unlocking Nokia 9

Over the weekend, some Nokia 9 users reported on Twitter that the device's in-display fingerprint scanner unlocked from unregistered fingerprints.

And it's not just third-party fingerprints; a Nokia 9 owner even demonstrated that the phone could be unlocked with something as random as a pack of chewing gum.

He shared a video where the phone can be seen registering a chewing gum pack.

Here's the video of chewing gum unlocking Nokia 9

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Reason

Firmware update could be the cause of this issue

While there is no way to establish what messed up Nokia 9's in-display fingerprint scanner, some speculate that a firmware update that rolled out for the phone last week might be the problem.

The update, as HMD Global suggested, was aimed at improving the performance of the fingerprint scanner, which many takers of the device had complained about.

Solution

No fix at the moment

No fix at the moment

Since the update, the performance of the fingerprint scanner has improved, but these false positives raise a major security concern, especially if you hold confidential data on your phone.

PhoneArena managed to replicate the issue and discovered that it occurs at random.

However, so far, there's no word on a possible fix or workaround to avoid the issue - except disabling fingerprint scanning altogether.

HMD Global remains tight-lipped

HMD Global has not commented on the matter but we expect the company will take note of the widespread media coverage of this issue and release a patch in the coming days or weeks.

Specs

Meanwhile, here's a look at Nokia 9 PureView's capabilities

Nokia 9 comes with a 5.99-inch Quad-HD+ pOLED screen and IP67 certification.

The device pairs Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 6GB RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage and hosts a massive 3,320mAh battery.

Plus, it runs Android Pie out-of-the-box and sports a ZEISS-certified five-camera setup, comprising three 12MP monochrome sensors and two 12MP RGB sensors, on the back and a 20MP shooter on the front.

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What is the price of Nokia 9 PureView?

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What is the price of Nokia 9 PureView?

Asked 2019-04-23 12:04:50 by Devansh Khan

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The Nokia 9 PureView is priced at $699 in international markets. However, in India, the phone is expected to launch at Rs. 46,999.

When will Nokia 9 PureView launch in India?

Asked 2019-04-23 12:04:50 by Aarav Rodrigues

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Currently, HMD Global has not shared any details about the availability of Nokia 9 PureView in India. However, the smartphone is expected to launch by the end of this month.

What are the camera specifications of Nokia 9 PureView?

Asked 2019-04-23 12:04:50 by Anika Jaiteley

Answered by NewsBytes

The Nokia 9 PureView sports a ZEISS-certified five-camera setup, comprising three 12MP monochrome sensors and two 12MP RGB sensors with all sensors having an f/1.82 aperture. Up front, the phone sports a single 20MP selfie snapper.

What are the specifications of Nokia 9 PureView?

Asked 2019-04-23 12:04:50 by Rajesh Powar

Answered by NewsBytes

Nokia 9 PureView comes with a 5.99-inch Quad-HD+ display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and an IP67 build quality. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. Under the hood, it packs a 3,320mAh battery with wireless charging support and runs Android Pie as part of the Android One program.

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