Samsung Galaxy Note 9 probably won't feature an in-screen fingerprint sensor

Muriel Hammond
March 11, 2018

So says Korean news outlet The Bell (via The Investor), which claims that Samsung could start manufacturing the smartphone, codenamed "Crown", in just two months' time.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 from previous year was rumored to ship with an in-display fingerprint reader to save valuable real estate on the front of the device while also providing an easier place to reach the sensor over the position it sits at now.

Despite the technical issues hampering under-the-display fingerprint scanners, Kuo is still bullish on the technology, at least in the long term. The only phone maker that has actually brought a smartphone with an under-the-display fingerprint scanner to market is Vivo, but its X20 Plus is now only available in China. As we already know that the Galaxy S9 will feature a standard scanner on its rear, many speculated that the Note 9 would be the first to feature the optical reader.

According to a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Samsung is likely dropping in-glass fingerprint sensors from its next flagship.


Of course, the in-display Fingerprint Scanner is the most innovative feature available on the smartphone.

Launched on Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, the smartphones were described by Samsung as having been "built for the way we communicate today". The sensors which uses this technology are 4 to 5 times expensive than the other traditional sensors.

According to Kuo, more and more Android smartphone vendors are looking into 3D-sensing technologies. Instead, both of them come with a traditional fingerprint scanner on their back below the camera module.

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