06 May 2019
Calling Nokia 9 as the most awaited phone last year would be an understatement. Everyone in the industry was waiting for a true flagship from Nokia after its resurrection and the fact that it was going to be the world’s first phone to have a Penta-camera setup didn’t make things easy. The phone after a series of delays debuted earlier this year, however, people soon realized why the launch was delayed repeatedly. The results from the Penta-camera setup weren’t close to what people had expected and the device was marred by many software issues.
Now multiple users have reported that the in-display fingerprint sensor present on Nokia 9 can be easily bypassed. Though many had reported that it the in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone was too fussy, slow and inaccurate. Now it looks like the recent software update has messed things further.
A user, on Monday, shared a few videos via a series of tweets, where the Nokia 9 could be unlocked using foreign objects and someone else’s fingerprints. Have a look at these tweets to see it yourself:
Here is my Nokia 9 Fingerprint sensor issue, phone can be unlocked using a chewing gum packet or someone else's finger. Even unlocked with a coin or leather gloves. Please do help me get my Nokia 9 sorted. pic.twitter.com/Thce3nB2fr— Decoded Pixel (@decodedpixel) April 21, 2019
@NokiaMobile @TechAltar here is another video of Nokia 9 being unlocked with a chewing gum packet. Phone has no tempered glass screen protector and display was cleaned before recording. pic.twitter.com/GqBVhmTiTZ— Decoded Pixel (@decodedpixel) April 22, 2019
The user claimed that he was facing the issue since the last few weeks, even prior to the recent software updates and has tried all the possible options to troubleshoot the problem. He was not only able to unlock his smartphone but was also able to recreate the scenario repeatedly.
Another user, a prominent YouTuber Marton Barcza behind the channel names TechAlter, was also able to unlock his phone with a random unregistered fingerprint.
Barcza tagged Nokia’s Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, who responded that even though they were not able to recreate the situation but promised that his team will connect with him to swap his unit to investigate further.
Hi there! We have not been able to reproduce the issue. Our team in UK will reach out to you. It would be super helpful if we could swap your unit so that we can investigate this. Thanks!— Juho Sarvikas (@sarvikas) April 23, 2019
We will keep updating this story with further updates.