Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 unlikely to feature in-display fingerprint sensor

Report: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 unlikely to feature in-display fingerprint sensor
There have been many reports lately that claim Samsung is working hard to implement the fingerprint sensor under a phone's display, but it is yet unclear which of the company's products will be the first to include the new technology.

A Samsung patent discovered early this month clearly confirmed that the South Korean giant is working on in-display fingerprint scanner technology, but didn't really offer any evidence that the new technology will be implemented on a certain device.

Now, South Korean media reports that Samsung is rather inclined to include in-display fingerprint scanner technology with the Galaxy S10 rather than the Galaxy Note 9, as the latter is expected to be unveiled sometime in August.

However, it appears that Samsung was initially determined to apply the new fingerprint sensor technology to the Galaxy Note 9, but changed its mind because even though the development is complete, the technology's accuracy must be improved and production costs must be lowered.

Unlike Huawei and Vivo, which already launched smartphones that include in-display optical scanners developed by Synaptics, Samsung has taken another approach and decided to develop an in-display fingerprint sensor that is based on ultrasonic technology, which is more accurate, but also more expensive to produce.

Two other major players in the smartphone industries are developing their own versions in-display fingerprint scanners, Qualcomm and Apple, and both are based on the same ultrasonic technology.

Another reason that made Samsung delay the implementation of the new in-display fingerprint sensor technology is that the company wants to use it in other products as well, not just inside smartphones, so every bit of refinement counts in this case.

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28 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1805; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well...Samsung must wait for Apple's move, as always. And since Apple holds its cards close to the chest regarding their in-display fingerprint sensor, Samsung is now in a state of high uncertainty :)

4. Bankz

Posts: 2517; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

lol.. apple has already moved past the in-dIsplay fps. They've taken it a level higher wit face ID. btw what's so special about the in-display FPS as against the capacitive one? more screen real estate? then move it the hell to the back. if it's not bringing in a new mechanism entirely then forget it tbh

8. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I agree with you but Face ID isn't a better solution either both of these technologies have their cons and limitations. I believe the current fingerprint scanner technology is fast enough and sufficient, either way no matter the technology used it doesn't add much to the phone experience it's not like you'r unlocking your phone every second or minute to make a difference.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1343; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

FaceID is taking it a level lower, not higher. I'm not fooled by Apple's marketing blah blah. Apple claims that FaceID is more secure than fingerprint recognition, but this is not true. People with similar faces can unlock your phone, particularly family members who resemble you and live in your own house. Also the added inconvenience to always have to bring your phone in front of your face. No, thanks. In-display fingerprint scanner is the correct way.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, it was you saying last year that apple was going to be the first to do it and it would be on the iPhone X for sure. Now you are saying why have it it , LMAO Yeah since apple didn't do it first now it's stupid and who needs it, LOL

10. cmdacos

Posts: 3975; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple says they aren't doing in screen fps (read:they couldn't do it). Instead they went with a mid-security faceid system instead. Makes sense.

15. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Try as you may, it’s more secure than a fingerprint sensor- at least until android catches up with face unlock that is...then it’s better.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No it's not. Even apples face ID has been fooled and is not totally reliable. FPS is the best because no person has the same fingerprints, lot have the same face shape.

26. TechNeck

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It's common sense that biometrics such as fingerprints and iris scanners are more secure than a face scan.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO that's the other way around.

2. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Everyone is fussing about in-display fingerprint which i don't give a F*** about.I personally like the Note design the way it is if only the top and bottom bezels were symmetrical. The only missing thing the Note lacked before was double stereo speakers which will be coming with the Note 9 making it the perfect phone. I might consider getting it if the Pixel 3 doesn't shape to be what i hope for.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2517; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The Pixel is always the choice to go for on android tbh. Others are the Oneplus and the huawei p20 pro.

21. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

p20 pro? Because? There is no reason P20 should be among that list. Besides, Samsung and Google have teams working together now.

3. adecvat

Posts: 630; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Will be another flop as S9.

5. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

waiting for the news from phonearena saying that the s10 will take scanner below the screen

7. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Well then it will not worth the attention it needed to be much popular.I knew this was coming after couple of samsung executive saying leaks and rumours,really sad and disappointing thing,I mean this year was the year of inscreen fingerprint scanner to be implemented on oled screen devices but they shifted to 2019 for this new tech.Thanks to Vivo for bringing this tech earlier in market in first half of 2018.Now samsung has another excuse to deliver better on that innovation like it will be an ultrasonic fingerprints scanner compare to vivo synaptics optical fingerprints scanner which will be more accurate and iPA apple is not developing it own ultrasonic fingerprint scanner or optical fingerprint scanner they will outsource it from JDI for LCD screen to replicate inscreen fingerprints scanner and from synaptics for oled inscreen fingerprints scanner on 2019 iphones models if apple succeed.

9. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

what does an In-display fingerprint scanner bring to the table?, it's a fad.

11. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Better delay instead of making it half baked.

17. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

It will be half baked too

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Don’t worry SONY will take ages to implement it. ;)

16. MrFreeman

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

Does it really matter that it gets released this year? What happened to better performance and more S pen features? I'd rather wait until the technology is introduced with stability than a half asked effort that would be nothing more than a gimmick.

19. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Just place it on the power button like what Sony used to do/is doing. Way more convenient and practical in my opinion.

23. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

good option but under display will be much better

27. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Much better in what way? It will probably be slower and not as reliable as the power button fingerprint combo in the first few iterations anyway.

22. gamehead unregistered

Disappointing if true

24. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

disappointed me too...

25. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

why they wait and Huawei already made it ?? and it's perfect on Huawei Mate RS !! Samsung can do the same now with Note 9 and make it better in future with Note 10 !! I cant understand what is their problem !? and what a new thing will be in Note 9 if it will not have fingerprint sensor under display !

28. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

I predicted before. Nothing special with Note9: higher specs come with much bigger battery. Sam will lose to Apple this year, next year would be better! But if Note9 come with >=4k battery, take my money!

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