Patent hints at Samsung Galaxy S9 having a display notch with an embedded fingerprint sensor

A new patent application has just popped up, revealing a rather saucy and intriguing tidbit of info pertaining to the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

According to it, Samsung could be entertaining the idea of taking a page of Apple's and Essential's books and toying around with a bottom-placed display notch, which would be used to house an front-facing fingerprint sensor. That way, it would be placed way more conveniently than the awkward sensor on the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8, which requires you to really stretch out those index fingers of yours.

If the patent images are anything to go by, the notch would be rather similar to the tear-drop shaped one on the Essential Phone, though the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will naturally feature it at the bottom of the display, where Sammy's signature hardware home buttons made the rounds not long ago. 

A notch is required due to the design peculiarities of the S9 and S9+, which are largely and logically expected to inherit Galaxy S8 and S8+'s general design — there simply isn't enough bezel to house a sensor of that sort. Thus, Samsung has to create some extra room for this front-facing solution to work. We suppose that this notch might also double up as a home button thanks to a pressure-sensitive section of the display, which is in line with what we saw on the S8, S8+, and the Note 8.

Have in mind that this patent could easily be just Samsung placing dibs on such a design decision and does not necessarily mean the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will surely feature such a notch. More will be known as the two flagships' debut nears. As we know more, so will you!

source: GalaxyClub via GSMArena

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1. samgsam

Posts: 152; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I hope samsung doesn't put that notch down there. The present design they are following is good enough.

17. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LMAO This is ugly A F.... At least Apple did it right, but this is insane!

18. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

No they didn't. Apple's is also f...... Ugly.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17509; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple did it just as poorly/ugly.

23. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1485; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Except Apple didn't do it right, they did it even worse, much bigger notch, more impact on the screen and app developers have to make their apps work around it, it's sh*t really.

31. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

They're both ugly. Neither of them did it right.

60. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Actually Samsung hasn't done it. Just like they didn't do it at the top.

42. iushnt

Posts: 3174; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How did Apple do it right?

46. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 654; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

A huge notch at the top which uses half the width of the display compared to a small one at the bottom and you saying Apple did it right? Lol this proves how confused certain iFans are :D

57. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

He isn't confused. He does this to get people posting. He works for PhoneArena.

56. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

How did apple do it right?

72. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

essential did it first apple copied but made it bigger for some stupid reason thinking it would be a wow factor then a rumor most likely not true that samsungs gs9 would be an upside down essential phone how stupid is that. just use snapdragons ultrasonic it works fine

22. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1485; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Rumor has it Samsung was making progress embedding it so this wouldn't make sense for the S9(+). This could however be a good alternative for Samsung's A range, due to get Infinity Displays as well. They should make it slightly less invasive into the screen though, plenty of bottom bezel left to reduce impact on the screen.

63. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

because it isn't gonna happen with the S9. PA purposely left out the fact the patent filing was in 2016 same as the notched drawing. It may be something they considered doing, but didn't. If they were the S8 would have had the notches.

59. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Maybe its just a backup plan in the event the under the screen FPS still can't meet a standard usage metric.

66. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Tnere WILL NOT BE NOTCH on Samsung phones. Fake News ..... just to help Apple look relevant.

73. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

best thing for samsung to do is put the scanner in the power button

2. haruken

Posts: 311; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Why make it a notch in the screen instead of one in the bottom bezel?

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, make it slim enough to fit bottom bezels. Like mate 10

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Mate 10 did real great with the fingerprint sensor there.

58. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The area is too small, unless you wanna go back to a swipe sensor? They should leave it in the back and lower its position. But they can't because the wireless charging coil is in the back, and the heat would likely damage the FPS. Which is why its at the top where the phone has less heat being emitted. Those are design workaround Samsung had to make, which fanboy haters won't understand because all they see is what's on the outside and don't look at teardowns to see what is inside.

4. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 192; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

I like how android fans laughing apple for removing adobe flash, non-removable battery, headphone jack, and now notch screen, when android themselves doing the same. I guess Karma is a bit*h

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

One brand, one model doesn't mean the entire Android market. Removing flash was a good thing. Removing the jack and introducing the notch was not. Many Android handsets still feature a headphone jack AND no notch. That's the beauty of Android, choice! So my next handset will still feature the things I want, karma sure is a bitch

8. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Give it time. Majority of Android phone will remove the headphone jack (I think it was a good move by Apple). As for the notch at the top, not even I can defend that UGLY thing!!

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

There is absolutely no reason to remove headphone jack other than making money off dongles and adapters. Looks like you enjoy being ripped off by paying more money for less features

16. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

There are many reasons to remove the headphone jack, the tech is outdated and there are better digital connections available (Although there isn't a universal one ATM). The future is wireless and Apple is giving the push needed to get everyone there. You may not like it but after Google removed the headphone jack from the Pixel's, I predict majority will follow suite. The future is wireless and if you don't like then you can stay with that outdated technology and live in the past. PS - I haven't invested any money in dongles so haven't been ripped off! I use wireless headphone which I've had before Apple removed the headphone jack and now my wired headphones are only used once or twice when I've misplaced my wireless ones.

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Perhaps it's outdated tech, a headset using an audio jack still delivers better quality than wireless. I am using a Sennheiser wireless headphones because it's easier on a plane, but when connected to the audio jack, audio quality improves. So outdated tech is still better than wireless.

33. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Not really, wireless quality is on par with an analogue connections. If your really concerned about quality then a digital connection such as lightning or USB would offer far superior sound quality.

61. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Absolutely not the case. Of course, a high-end wireless headset is better than a lower quality jacked version. But the same headset sounds better on audio jack than wireless. Of course USB/lightning is better than audio jack, but a lot of people still have jack headphones that are expensive. Also with wireless & USB/lightning, the DAC is in the headphones, which can be a good thing if the DAC inside your smartphone is crap. Downside also of USB/lightning audio, is charging. There are a few headsets that support pass-through, but charging is impossible when you use usb/lightning for audio.

35. ph00ny

Posts: 2074; Member since: May 26, 2011

Apple is pushing because it acquired Beats

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