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Samsung Galaxy S9 ditches in-display fingerprint scanner

Update: Fingerprint sensor will likely resemble the S8

The Galaxy S9 launch is expected for the beginning of next year but the first renders are already beginning to surface. The most recent one also looks pretty good - it shows a completely bezel-less smartphone, 4 cameras and a 4K display. Something to get fans of technology excited...

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Tentatively called the Samsung Galaxy S9, the device bears the internal codename "Star". The latest news suggest that, Samsung holding patents that suggest the contrary, that the S9 will not carry an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Samsung Galaxy S9: price and release date

Rumor has it that Samsung has already started developing the followup to the Galaxy S8, and it's three to four months ahead of schedule, according to Korean news site The Bell. Tentatively called the Samsung Galaxy S9, the device bears the internal codename "Star". We expect to see the S9 be released next year around the same time as the S8, if not a bit earlier since it is ahead of schedule - so, between February and April 2018. It will likely cost at least $720, which was the starting price of the S8.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: codename might mean improved display or performance specs

It's not clear why the Galaxy S9's codename is Star. One could guess that it has to do with the shining display. So, a more refined or improved Infinity Display could be in the works. Or, it's possible that it will have a superior processor and be fast like a shooting star. The S9 would probably have a next generation Qualcomm processor, potentially called a Snapdragon 845. The codenames for the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 are Dream and Great, respectively - which don't reveal much, as usual. Samsung's cryptic codename could be subject to change, as this is merely an unconfirmed rumor for the moment.

Samsung Galaxy S9: design and renders

Since there's little to no information about the Galaxy S9 available at the moment, the design of the device is largely unknown. That means the rumor-based renders appearing online differ widely. Take these with a grain of salt before you feast your eyes on all the fun possibilities.

Although a patent filed by Samsung suggested that the next flagship will have a front-located fingerprint, local news reports in their home country of South Korea indicate like that manufacturer has aborted this plan in favor of a more conservative approach, keeping the fingerprint scanner on the back. 

Some Samsung fans may well find this quite disappointing, as user feedback about the fingerprint sensor placement on this year's Galaxy S8 was far from overwhelmingly positive.

A front-located fingerprint sensor would eliminate the finger strain that can come with using the current generation Samsungs, but such a placement would also open up Samsung to more accusations of copying their old rival, Apple. This is because they'd have to put a notch in the bottom of the display, a feature sported by the iPhone X which is dividing opinion. Still, Apple often points the way for other companies to improve on.

Samsung remain determined to better integrate fingerprint ID technology, and it is now expected that they will work to integrate a front-located fingerprints scanner on their next flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 9.

The latest render shows a smartphone with a Super AMOLED display of 5.7 inches with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. A small peculiarity in this render is that the S9 seems to integrate a fingerprint scanner directly on the screen. Moreover, it has a totally bezel-less design with rounded edges for a very aesthetic appearance.

Another interesting feature that this render proposes is a dual camera sensor on the rear but also on the front (2 x 8MP), and the sensor doesn't protrude from the device. Running Android Nougat 7.0, this version of the Galaxy S9 would have 128GB internal memory and 6 or 8GB RAM, depending on the version. The phone is also water resistant and appears to have a 4200 mAh removable battery.

At the moment, official news is a bit thin but that's not surprising with the launch a while away yet. Experts are suggesting nonetheless that the S9 will come with an Exynos 9810 chip.

Here's another render from designer Benjamin Geskin that was posted in late March showing a vertically oriented dual camera and a fingerprint scanner under the display, like what is expected in the Note 8.

Another render from earlier this month illustrates the possibility of a very high 95 percent screen to body ratio, and it also mentions a Snapdragon 845 processor - which would be the next step up from the S8's brand new Snapdragon 835. 

An older concept video from January showed an idea for what the creator calls "Triple Edge Ultra Slim" design, for better screen to body ratio, and a horizontal dual camera on the back. 

What do you want to see in Samsung's 2018 S series flagship? What do you think the codename means? Let us know in the comments below. 



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  • I thought fp scanner was cool until it becomes uncool, like being in wrong place, inconsistent or just slow..
    if you "need" security then it becomes a minor but consistently annoying part of daily UX.
    on the back is ok unless you regularly use device on a stand or table, incorporated in power button (Sony) great but similar issues, front of screen ok but not so easy when taking out of pocket, or worse if it's small and fiddly, like Nokia 8..
    if Sammy can't get reliable fp scanning embedded in the screen then on the back is fine but in the right place please.. and they should also include something like secure and reliable face id or iris scan on front..

  • Mark
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    2 weeks ago Link to comment

    I like the finger print scanner on the back of the phone. Just not where Samsung has placed next to the camera lens. The LG G5 placement is perfect my finger goes right to it. I use but do not like the finger print scanner on my Note 4 just awkward on the front of the phone.

  • I actually like this decision really much. I would definitely prefer big screen without buttons or God forbid top notch disaster like on iPhone X.

  • I'll wait for the Note 9, My Note 8 and LG V30 should keep me until then.

  • Dazzler 1 month ago Link to comment

    Fingerprint scanner in the front would be awesome! If they avoid another big price hike I might just get one!

  • Id Mud 1 month ago Link to comment

    It'll be better if they implement back the IR blaster. Is a big minus since S7. I choose an S6 edge, because of IR presence. I heave to make a choice between S6 edge, S7 edge and S8. And I chose S6. It's so so nice to controll older devices in home like air conditioner, non smart TV, audio receiver (an old but still good Logitech, even the Xbox 360). I appreciate if Samsung will introduce back that IR blaster.

  • Hans F 1 month ago Link to comment

    Removable battery means long term useable avoiding polluting.

  • Looks like Samsung is working for a new type of board to put inside the Galaxy S9,so there is more room to put a Larger size battery inside the phone,but it will only work using Samsung own chips not with Qualcomm ones,who bothered what chips they use but offering a lot Larger battery will please anyone,hope we dual Camera and Speakers on the future S9,could the S9 be Samsung first Flexible Screen phone or not?

  • TopTrendz 4 months ago Link to comment

    Yes its said a very nice phone with amazing features,

  • upgrade the cameras, the processor, storage glass, and get rid of bixby, and other wast of time feachers

  • sam pack 5 months ago Link to comment

    Hopefully a mini model..everyone is not a fan of phablets.

  • Dusan V. 5 months ago Link to comment

    I want to see upgraded camera with better sensor and more mega pixels.

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