Alleged Galaxy S9 health app screenshot reveals a new finger scanner position

Well, well, well, Samsung may move the infamous Galaxy S8/Note 8 finger scanner underneath the camera lens for the Galaxy S9 indeed, if a leaked screenshot, allegedly detailing how to measure your heart rhythm in the S Health app is to be believed. As you can see in the grab, Samsung's heart rate sensor that is used in conjunction with the S Health app, is positioned next to the camera on one yet-to-be-revealed handset, while the notorious elliptical fingerprint reader of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 is situated way below, and under the camera. 

This is certainly a better solution than having to reach across the camera lens to use the scanner on Samsung's 2017 flagships, risking smudges, at least in the beginning while you are getting used to it. The fingerprint reader on this screenshot here seems to be right where it belongs, in the middle of the back, though it's still not big and round, so there could be a learning curve until one hits the exact index finger stretch amount needed to hit it without fingerprinting the camera lens.

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1. Tipus

Posts: 911; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

It's still near camera lense. Horrible placement. I hope Note 9 will have on screen fps

23. JohnR

Posts: 165; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

No it’s not. That’s the heart rate monitor

2. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Oh no... Not again!

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1855; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Nothing wrong with the current placement of the fps... Works fine for me on a daily...

5. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

There is absolutely something wrong with it. It’s in a bad spot and it’s not ambidextrous. Having the sensor in the middle upper portion away from the camera lense is the best spot. Now if they can only fix that an poor performance then I might swing back to Samsung but after my S8+ I’m done with them.

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1855; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

To each his own but the position is just fine... I trained my finger in a day to reach for it and it's as natural as taking a piss in the morning... The performance on the S8 was great but I got rid of mine for the Note 8 and performance on that is just as good as the iPhone X and don't argue that because I use both daily and I have 0 performance issues going from the iPhone to the Note 8. Looks like you should swing back my friend...

11. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

You really can’t say it’s just fine. There are objective reasons that are not arguable. The fact that you had to adjust to it is a great reason in itself. The fact that so many manufactures place their sensors in the same area and the countless articles and backlash over it prove that it is a problem. Also the fact that Samsung is choosing to change it shows that they see it as a problem too. They only placed it there because it was a last second decision because the weren’t able to get the under screen fingerprint sensor to work right I have an S8+ on JOD for T-Mobile and I switched to a Note 8 until I had to return it because of boot loops. I also recently purchased a Pixel XL just to try out and the Note 8 couldn’t even compare to the pereformamce, battery life, RAM management, or stand bye time of the XL.

24. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1855; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I would have had to adjust anyway since the fps is on the back and not the front so there isn't really an argument there. Anyone can write an article saying something is bad. I know a lot of people that don't find the fps in a bad position and say that it's natural for them so hater articles don't apply to me. I to used the Pixel XL for a little while as a tester device and to me the Note 8 and Pixel XL are on the same plane as far as performance. I do these testings often with different phones and there's still noting out there that beats the Note 8, the Pixel XL comes really close though.

31. aroutis

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2015

Ya it's fine. And really, resistance to change is not an argument. If it was, then every new version of an operating system when you need to learn something new would then "suck", just like people have busted our nuts about how the placement of the FP sensor sucks. But it does not. I have S8+ since day one and I use it with both hands and have trained it for both indexes. Guess what. No problem. But people like to bitch. Human nature.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You shouldn't have to train your finger. It should be right where your finger falls naturally. It should be equidistant for the fingers of both hands. To reach it on my Note 8,i need to shift my grip. That shouldn't be necessary. It's a poor design decision.

25. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1855; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Coming from a phone with no rear fps you do have to train your finger for the new placement so that discussion is dead to me. My finger falls naturally on the fps on the Note 8 so I don't see where the problem lies. I don't need to adjust any grip to use the fps on my Note 8. Design decision is fine, it's lazy humans who are the poor design decision...

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Only people who didn't have Note 8 or S8 would complain about that FPscanner placement. Or brainless people who can't train its muscle memory..

28. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Yes, that's the problem. It is not ambidextrous. Samsung did it for esthetic purpose.

32. nyc_rock

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 04, 2010

Its in a terrible spot, terrible. Every review mentions the poor placement. Almost every single review calls it out. And now, 1 year later, Samsung is admitting as much by moving it.

4. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Bring it to a reachable position already! Sucks having to stretch every time I need to unlock my phone.

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You either have little baby fingers or you hold your phone weird. My index and middle finger can reach the spot naturally with no stretching

14. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Or, maybe you have freakish, E.T. fingers. Phone home.

6. Pitrich

Posts: 239; Member since: Apr 13, 2016

It looks right next to it to me. Glad there's face unlock

20. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That's the heart rate monitor that is featured in the photo.

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2283; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Health sensors are made for the smartwatch and not a cell phone. LOL!

16. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They're made for both.

10. monoke

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Useless location... Again.

12. dazed1

Posts: 811; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Noobs still use f scanner lmao

15. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Only those who are worried about a child or family member unlocking their phone, or who want a reliable, quick biometric unlock solution.

19. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016


17. cmdacos

Posts: 4369; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still better than not having fps at all...

18. ant1171984

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 03, 2010

Seriously....did they learn NOTHING. The placement was the biggest gripe from an otherwise stellar device. Grr....I have an increased interest in a LG G7 now.

21. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Well, since they are showing off the heart rate sensor, we don't really see WHERE the fingerprint sensor is.

33. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

It's under the camera.

22. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I swear y'all can't be pleased for isht! Samsung is going to make Galaxies. They're not going to make Pixels or G7's or whatever phones have fingerprint scanners square in the middle of the back of the phone. They're going to make it the way they want to make it. If you don't like where it is, don't get the phone. Simple as that.

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