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Galaxy Note 9: an in-display fingerprint sensor is unlikely

In the past few months, rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 have been going back and forth about whether or not the phablet will have an in-display fingerprint sensor. KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's new report might have just put the matter to rest. 

We already know from one of our reader polls, that an in-display fingerprint sensor is something users are really looking forward to. A smaller smartphone brand, Vivo, was the first to put the technology into one of its smartphones, the Vivo X20 Plus UD, with the help of the sensor maker Synaptics. But the technology has yet to hit the big leagues, and many have been hoping that Samsung would take it mainstream with the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 since it didn't already for the S9. Those hopes may have been in vain.

Last year, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had accurately predicted that Samsung would remain conservative and keep the standard fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy S9, but at the same time, he said that an in-display fingerprint scanner could come in the second half of 2018, when the Note 9 is due to be released. The reliable analyst is now saying that won't be happening after all, as Samsung is now "likely" to skip the in-display fingerprint sensor again, due to 'technological difficulties' with screen protectors and certain environments causing problems with the success rate of the reader.

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There are already a lot of ways to unlock newer Samsung Galaxy smartphones. / © AndroidPIT

If it's really the case that the tech is still having problems as Kuo says, then I think it's extremely unlikely that Samsung would take the risk in putting an in-display fingerprint sensor in the Note 9. Given that we're only 6 months away from the Note 9's expected release in August, there doesn't seem to be much time left to get it to the level of quality customers expect from Samsung either.

In an interview with Samsung's Director of Product Portfolio & Commercial Strategy Mark Notton at MWC 2018, we asked why the the S9 didn't integrate an in-display fingerprint sensor. Notton told us that a new technology like this has to be tested thoroughly and be sufficiently mature before Samsung will implement it. If anything less than perfect won't do for the S9, then surely that applies to the Note 9 as well.

Would you be disappointed without an in-display fingerprint sensor in the Note 9? Or, do you not care either way? Let us know in the comments.

Source: 9to5 Google



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  • We'll have to see what Apple does!

  • Good point. I just think it's a little easier to be able to use it one handed on the back. On my Note 4, I just swipe my finger over the home button so that's pretty close to being on the screen, but I still have to use both hands to keep from dropping the phone.

  • I hope Apple or any other global brand take it mainstream then. I can only think the real reason why this will not avaible this year is because they're reserving it for the S10/Note 10. (10 years aniversary)

  • Where the scanner is on the S9 and + is fine with me. All I have to do is put a finger over the scanner on the back where my fingers already are and scan the print using only one hand. On screen just means I have to either juggle the phone and risk dropping it, or tie up both hands by using whichever hand is not holding the phone to scan the print. Also, having the scanner on screen means leaving another smear on the screen that I have to clean off (I'm a little O/C about my screen being clean and smear free).
    I'm not sure why having the scanner on screen is a big deal to people, other than having another new technology they don't need. I enjoy learning however, so anyone who wants it on the screen, please explain to me why. I'm not closed minded and can be convinced with good reasoning.

    • Dude, we unlock the phone so we can use it touching the screen so makes sense put the reader there as we gonna touch the screen anyway.

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