Samsung's next smartphone could boast a side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Samsung's next smartphone could boast a side-mounted fingerprint scanner
Motorola Moto Z3 Play with side-mounted fingerprint reader

When Samsung first introduced fingerprint scanners to its smartphones, the company chose to integrate them into its famous home button. Then, following the switch over to the newer Infinity Displays last year, which ultimately resulted in the removal of the home button, the brand moved the fingerprint readers over to the rear. 

But now, if one reliable tipster is indeed correct, Samsung may be preparing to follow in the footsteps of Sony and Motorola by releasing a smartphone with a fingerprint scanner integrated into the aluminum frame later this year.

At this point in time, it’s unclear what kind of specifications the smartphone will bring to the table. Considering Samsung no longer has any 2018 flagship offerings in the pipeline, though, it seems fairly obvious that it will be a mid-range offering. Assuming that this is accurate, the release could potentially be related to the upcoming Galaxy A8+ (2018) successor that recently appeared on Samsung's website. After all, it would allow the South Korean giant to create a slightly more seamless design and would avoid any awkward positionings on the rear.

If Samsung’s side positioning of the fingerprint scanner proves to be a hit with fans, the company may well adopt a similar design on next year’s Galaxy S10 trio. After all, while earlier reports claimed that in-display fingerprint readers would be included on Samsung’s next flagships, information that surfaced earlier today revealed that this is no longer planned. Instead, the company is looking at alternative positions for the scanners.

source: Twitter

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14 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 724; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Its not a bad spot for a mid ranger . In display is the best . Rear next .. then side mounted i guess. ...

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What's up with Iris Scanner? Flop? Adoption problem? What?

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3806; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's not going in a mid-range phone.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2692; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Better than any type of facial recognition technology, I'd say. Since display embedded fingerprint scanners only work with OLED displays; I doubt this technology is going to take off in the mid-range segment and I think we are going to witness a TON of phones with side scanners in the coming days. Just watch! They need to 'invent' something that works on IPS panels as well cause that'd be... Swell! [Aye, a bit drunk.] G'Day!

8. Nimbus

Posts: 436; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Optical fps don't require old display but they might be slow compare to ultrasonic fps.ultrasonic fps may work on Lcd display who knows.

3. middlehead

Posts: 428; Member since: May 12, 2014

If they can't get in-screen solved, I'd be okay with this. I liked it on my Z5c a few years ago, and I definitely don't want it on the back.

5. drazwy

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

No. In-screen or nothing.

11. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1163; Member since: May 01, 2017

Then go show Samsung how to do it...

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3091; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Samsung can ask OPPO, VIVO, and Huawei about that matter.

7. Nimbus

Posts: 436; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

So they can't bring ultrasonic fps on their next S flagship line at all in full screen aka infinity display.what a disappointment,at least they can bring in side mounted place if not on rear or front full screen.

9. Yeahseen

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 08, 2017

sources from gsmarena says it will be galaxy j6 prime

10. Yeahseen

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 08, 2017

sources from gsmarena says it will be galaxy j6 prime

12. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Love that on the next Note. Any excuse to get rid of the curved screen is good with me.

13. frozz

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

this is good. in fact make a phone with back, side and in display sensor so that we have the convenience of unlocking it from any angle.

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