Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might feature an in-display fingerprint scanner after all

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might feature an in-display fingerprint scanner after all
Last we heard, Samsung was supposed to skip implementing an in-display fingerprint sensor into its upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, partially because of issues related to screen protectors. However, a brand new report from South Korea now has it that the next generation Galaxy Note might come with an in-display fingerprint scanner after all.

According to Korea Herald and an anonymous industry source, Samsung Display (a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics) currently has three or four solutions to embed a fingerprint sensor into the Super AMOLED screen of the Galaxy Note 9, and Samsung is “seriously considering one of the solutions.” 

Reportedly, a final decision regarding the placing of the fingerprint scanner should be reached by the end of March, when a final design of the phone should also be agreed upon. It’s said that Samsung Display has yet to perfect the in-screen scanner technology. But another industry source argues that, since the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be released in “late August” (just like the Note 8 was in 2017), there is enough time for the technology to be improved. 

As you probably already know, last year’s Galaxy Note 8 (pictured above) and this year’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ all feature fingerprint scanners on the rear. An in-display sensor on the Note 9 could mean not just a design change, but also increased battery life, as Samsung would have more room to pack a larger battery cell on the back of the handset. 

Earlier today, we heard that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could be released at the beginning of August, but this second report from Korea contradicts that with the “late August” statement. We’ll just have to wait and see how Samsung’s plans are unfolding.

If you're a potential Galaxy Note 9 buyer, would you rather have the fingerprint scanner mounted on the rear, or embedded into the phone's display?

source: Korea Herald 

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  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Apple will invent this technology in 2020.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And will call it "Super TouchID"

28. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

And sell more phones than Samsung could even dream of...

29. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Not really, Samsung sells way more phones. Not looking just at flagships.

30. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

or liek "screen touch put your finger on top scanner" amirite

2. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Is there even a question ? An under-display scanner would be extremely useful. The rear mounted scanner is just a lame attempt to tick a marketing box, you can't use it on the desk or in the car cradle. But there is also the side mounting position which is great, I wonder why not more manufacturers implement it. Probably because of the stupid Apple patent.

3. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

On my G6 it's on supposedly perfect place on the back, and i can't ever find that thing, so i don't use it. Front is the only place to put it, on the side would be also usable.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1933; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The G6 has the wonderful hardware-based double-tap to wake (or knock code to wake) and double-tap to sleep which always work (unlike the lame software attempts on other phones), so using it without a fingerprint sensor actually benefits the user.

8. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm surprised Qualcomm Ultrasonic fingerprint sensors never become more than vaporware besides being used on that one Xiaomi Mi. fingerprint sensor in the screen that could be used with wet hands could be great and also lead to higher Waterproofing rating e.g. ATM ratings.

9. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Problem with under the display scanners is that most are optical scanners and they're not as secure

5. Lanx1998

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

Nope it's not coming this year. They need to save something for the 10th anniversary S series devices to make it a much more bigger update otherwise it would seem like an incremental update to general public similar to S9 series.

20. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1439; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I imagine that Samsung intends to keep their first foldable smartphone for the 10th anniversary. Setting a new standard for the future would be a good anniversary idea.

23. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

So like IPhones from iPhone 6 to IPhone 8 didn't really change at all, and then after 4 years of mostly the same they had enough saved up for the iPhone X to be different.

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1834; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I'm ready for the note 9 even though the paint on my s9+ is still drying...

7. jtl78

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Samsung should put a sensor on the side edges so you could swipe it as you would using the edge functionality. It's more practical since the edge design is already being used on all of the S and Note lines.

10. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It wont have

11. brasstax

Posts: 544; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The ideal solution would be both sides of the frame in portrait mode finger print sensitive and the user can register all five digits of his/her hand upon purchase. That way the phone unlocks as soon as the user picks it up and he/she can pick it up either using 5 digits or four or three. If a stranger picks up the device it stays locked.

31. jtl78

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

That's exactly what I'm saying as well. Use the existing edges as the sensors for fingerprint ID. It's a natural feel and works perfectly as you have it laying flat on the table. Kind of a swipe from the edges towards the middle of the screen and that should pick up your fingerprint.

12. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

The display by far. If they do that, give it a bigger battery, and give it stereo speakers, I'm in!

14. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup JadeMoon bigger battery (4000mAH) is must now for the device like Note.

13. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I guess it won't the note 9 will be n incremental update over the s9 n that technology will come with the s10, plus maybe they'll try it on midranger before implementing it into the flagship, n the beauty of this technology is if it's all the screen will act as a finger print reader n not just a single spot there for whener u pick up your phone or wherever u place your finger it'll open that would be nice

15. JayBEE

Posts: 181; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Okay, and what else will the Note 9 have? This surely isn't enough to convince me of upgrading to it from my Note 8.

18. rkoforever90

Posts: 465; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Why do you even consider consider upgrading from note 8. If I had note 8 my next upgrade should have been note 11

19. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Have you ever considered that some of us prefer to have a new phone more often than that? I've had every Note since the Note 2, but I'll be honest that I'm not super excited about the 9. I just don't see it bringing enough to the table to justify the price. I guess we'll see.

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

How about, HOW ABOUT, we just wait until June & July when we're that much closer to when the phone is actually coming out?

17. gamehead unregistered

Great news. Might get it then

21. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Oh we go. Does this mean a new article every other day about how it will or will not have an in-display fingerprint scanner? Anyways, I'm hoping for an in-display FPS. While they got the positioning better on the S9/S9+, it just makes the back look too busy, especially on the S9+, imo.

27. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

To be or not to be.. That's the question... I think they got monthly agenda to write at least 2 articles about in-screen FPscanner for note 9, and future iPhone

22. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

"lief" It's always funny when you see stuff like this and in the bottom corner of the screen you see "PhoneArena is Hiring!"

24. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

1. Do not rush the product release. Learn from note 7. 2. In-display fingerprint scanner in a smartphone is a new technology. It might need some time to perfect. So if note 9 would implement such feature, i doubt it will work flawlessly.

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