Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ were launched last month at MWC 2018 as iterative updates to last year’s flagship smartphones. The smartphones bring updated cameras, but don’t quite offer anything on the scale of being called innovative.
Ahead of the launch, rumors hinted at Samsung planning an in-display fingerprint sensor for the flagship smartphones, which would have been a great differentiator from the Galaxy S8 models. Though Samsung didn’t bring the feature to the Galaxy S9 series, there are reports that the feature will arrive first on the Galaxy Note 9. The new report contradicts last supply chain statements that Samsung will skip implementing an in-display fingerprint into the Galaxy Note 9.
The initial reports stated that Samsung is dropping plans for an in-display fingerprint sensor from Galaxy Note 9 due to issues related to screen protectors. Now a report from South Korea claims Samsung is on track to bringing the next generation fingerprint scanning solution to Galaxy Note 9. Korea Herald cites an anonymous industry source claiming that Samsung Display has three or four solutions to embed a fingerprint sensor underneath the Super AMOLED display of Galaxy Note 9. The report adds that Samsung is “seriously considering one of the solutions”.
Samsung is expected to soon finalize whether to go with an in-display fingerprint sensor for the next Galaxy Note series model by the end of March. The final design of the phone is also said to be agreed upon by the end of this month. Samsung is believed to have dropped in-display fingerprint sensor from the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ because its subsidiary Samsung Display could not perfect the technology. The new report says the technology is still not perfect, and Samsung will not rush into adopting it with half-baked implementation.
Vivo is the only smartphone maker to launch a working device with in-display fingerprint sensor. The device uses an in-display sensor from Synaptics, but it is not widely available. There are also reports suggesting these sensors are facing supply issues with Xiaomi said to have delayed its Mi 7 launch in order to procure these sensors.
Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh has confirmed that the company is working on a smartphone with foldable display. There are reports that the device might arrive later this year, and could be called the Galaxy Note 9. However, Koh has also said that Samsung will delay it until next year if it doesn’t see a major improvement in terms of design.
The Galaxy Note 9 is said to arrive sometime early in August with Korea Herald predicting late August launch for the productivity-centric smartphone. The benefits of an in-display fingerprint sensor over a regular one is still unknown, but Samsung will definitely try to perfect the technology before putting on its flagship smartphone.
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