Analysts think next year’s Galaxy Note will be Samsung’s first device with a fingerprint reader inside the display

GS8 Fingerprint
The Galaxy S8 moved the fingerprint reader to an unfortunate position on the device’s back. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

A new note by KGI Securities first reported on by 9to5Google (which we saw via The Verge) suggests that Samsung may not introduce a fingerprint scanner that’s built under the display before the Galaxy Note 9 is unveiled, likely some time in the second half of next year.

A few weeks from now, the Korean giant is going to launch the Note 8, and if the company’s schedule remains unchanged, we can expect to see a Galaxy S9 between February and April next year. KGI’s note suggests that neither of these phones will come with the new technology.

The Galaxy S8 removed the physical home button that was used by all Galaxy devices before it. It also moved the fingerprint reader to the back in a criticised decision. That wasn’t Samsung’s plan all along, however, as the company was reportedly trying to get the scanner to work from underneath the device’s front panel.

Samsung eventually discarded the idea entirely and adopted a last-minute solution (the reader on the back), which looks to be in place for the Galaxy Note 8 as well. And KGI’s note says the Galaxy S9 will also favour other features and leave the Note 9 to introduce the built-in scanner.

Apple was reportedly looking into embedding its fingerprint scanning technology under the screen for its upcoming tenth anniversary iPhone too. However, it ultimately decided to ditch it, and focus its efforts solely on a face-scanning technology which should be able to work in a number of situations, and effortlessly replace Touch ID.

“OLED iPhone has cancelled under-display fingerprint recognition/Touch ID function, and Galaxy S9 will have the new selling points of upgraded iris recognition and dual camera,” says KGI’s note. “Samsung has no need to risk adopting under-display optical fingerprint solution in a hurry.”



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