Galaxy Note 9 will finally put the finger scanner in a good place

As if to serve as a tangential evidence that Samsung has finally learned its lesson and will put the finger scanner on the Note 9 where it belongs on big-screen handsets - the middle of the rear, at a distance from the camera lenses - a case for the upcoming handset that shows exactly that, has emerged from a reputable leakster. 

It jibes with the leaked CAD-based renders of the Note 9 that were circulated last week and depicted a horizontal dual camera that has the finger scanner positioned beneath it, but with more separation between the reader and the lenses above it than what we have now on, say, the Galaxy S9+

The latter's vertical camera places the lower lens exactly where your index finger goes, risking lens smudges, so hitting the scanner requires some learning curve. 

With the Note 9, however, Samsung evidently turned the camera 90 degrees and lifted the fingerprint reader up a bit, thus eventually making it easier to hit without always worrying about smudging the lens. 

One small change for Samsung, one big step for ergonomics, but we hope there are more positive surprises with the Note 9, like, ahem, a larger battery, for instance, and the rumored close-to-4000 mAh capacity might tickle just that dream of the Note line aficionados.

source: IceUniverse

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)




Posts: 953; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

The S9 is a good place.....

2. Krjal

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Agreed, if they can't do in-display right then the S9/+ is as good as they're getting at the moment. In fact this configuration means the scanner is higher up which might still be a stretch for some users. Maybe Daniel meant to cite the S8 series for suboptimal scanner ergonomics.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2678; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

How on earth is that a good place? That's ridiculously far up the back of the phone. Anyone without the hands of a basketball player will struggle to reach that comfortably. Move it down 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch, and then it might be in a good place.

9. deleon629 unregistered

I have hands of a basketball player, hence the reason why I love the FPS placement of the s8+ and Note 8. I thought I was gonna die of arthritis pain when I'd first bought the s8 and T-Mobile gave me a courtesy restock fee waiver when they noticed how stupid I looked with a phone the size of a charger in my hand lol

4. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

The fingerprint scanner is still way too close to the camera.

5. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 303; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Still too high and too close to the camera. Ideal place will be 1-2 cm lower like the pixel 2xl.

13. srgonu

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I think if it goes lower, the battery size will be compromised.

6. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

4mm lower would be better

7. limona

Posts: 72; Member since: May 19, 2017

I like the horizontal camera alignment but the fingerprint should be lower.

8. Gabel84

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Always complaining about something. smh

10. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

Stop with this crap about it being in a bad place on the Note 8. This is such a subjective topic!

11. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"Galaxy Note 9 will finally put the finger scanner in a good place" It was 1 year!

12. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

The only good place for the fingerprint scanner is on the front of the phone.

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