Feb 13, 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note9 most likely not to sport an in-display fingerprint scanner

Samsung's next big thing, the Galaxy Note9, was previously rumored to arrive with an under-display fingerprint scanner. However, it seems that it is not the case. The latest report out in South Korea says that the company has already dropped those plans.

Last year, we heard rumors saying that Samsung is planning to integrate an under-display fingerprint scanner to its 2017 flagship smartphone lineup comprised of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8. However, it did not turn out as expected as the Galaxy S8 duo and Galaxy Note8 arrived in March and August respectively, all sporting rear-mounted biometric sensors. Then, there are speculations surrounding the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ suggesting that they are bound to fulfill the South Korean tech giant's plans. Sadly, their leaked renders reveal otherwise.

Back in October last year, Samsung's next big thing, the Galaxy Note9, was rumored to be the first-ever smartphone to feature the top-of-the-line technology. Of course, Vivo's X20Plus UD secured the title for itself when it made an appearance at the CES 2018 bringing the tech on board. Prior to the writing of this report, there was a leak from China showing what was assumed to be as a sketch patent of the Galaxy Note9's fingerprint scanner under it's display. But today, the latest report out in the company's home country says that it has already dropped plans to integrate an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Note9, placing the biometric sensor on its back instead.

As per the recent report, Samsung stopped the project supposed to bring an under-screen fingerprint sensor to the Note9 recently but is still looking into all sorts of technologies such as ultrasound, capacitive, and optical. An optical fingerprint recognition technology, like the one used in Vivo X20Plus UD, is said to offer a lower accuracy compared to the traditional biometric sensors. A capacitive technology also compromises durability considering that it would only be on the top surface of the display. The ultrasonic sensors, on the other hand, don't have this kind of problems but the cost is much expensive and take longer to recognize data. We'll just hope that Samsung gets this sorted out as soon as possible so that we finally can have a Galaxy phone having an under-display fingerprint scanner.

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