Samsung looking for new suppliers of fingerprint modules

Samsung looking for new suppliers of fingerprint modules
About two weeks ago we reported that Samsung might be working on its own fingerprint scanners. And while this might still be the case, some new rumors surfaced on the subject. According to The Investor, the South Korean giant is considering local suppliers for some of its fingerprint scanners.

One of the companies, Samsung is rumored to be in talks with, has been trying to push its products to the tech conglomerate for the past few years, while the other is new to the fingerprint scanner market. The two new partners are expected to supply a total of 2 million modules for Samsung's low-end phones.

If the rumors are true, Samsung might be looking for a way to mix up its fingerprint scanner supplies, with some being made in-house, others being bought from local suppliers and some (probably for the flagship models) coming from the big names in the market, Synaptics and FPC. This would allow Samsung to implement such modules across their entire phone catalog and not only in its flagship models, since it will reduce the modules' cost.

Neither the in-house scanners, nor the new suppliers are officially confirmed by Samsung, so we can't know for certain how things will progress, but we'll be keeping an eye on the situation.

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source: TheInvestor via SamMobile

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7 Comments

1. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

Wouldn't they want to focus on their iris scanners instead of their fingerprint sensor? Possibly, could it mean that their iris scanner is causing the explosion in the Note 7?

2. Busyboy

Posts: 733; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Lol wut

3. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

There is regular stupid and there is this, advanced stupid.

4. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

What i mean is that an iris scanner is a new hardware feature and it makes no sense to focus on the fingerprint scanner. Since they seem to not be focusing on the iris scanner and we still don't know the cause of the note 7 explosion which I want to know, I am thinking that samsung is hiding that it is there iris scanner that is causing the explosion. Do I need to explain more?

8. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Iris scanner is an IR sensor and it's used to compliment the fingerprint scanner when your hands are wet, dirty or in gloves. Fingerprint is the better method overall since it can be used in any orientation and is much faster due to no alignment. Regarding he explosions, it was an explosion in battery and during charging. There is no way it was for to an IR emitter.

5. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Why the insult? He asked a genuine question and everyone is suddenly acting up with insults and all.. Even I was curious why they where concentrating on FPS as there are quite other things more important that could use a make-over in samsung phones, like TW, iris scanner, audio etc. I don't know. but the fingerprint scanner seems fine to me. Let's be civil please! Curious move indeed..

7. KingSam

Posts: 1472; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

It did say for its low end phones? Probably want Samsung pay expanding or just bringing fp scanner to the masses.

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