Samsung patents in-display finger scanner, but may save it for the Note 9

The "will they, won't they" saga with the notorious case of the disappearing in-display fingerprint reader seems poised to continue, as Samsung has recently been granted a patent for such a contraption, building on the notch-y scanner patent we saw not long ago. Not that we will see the under-glass thingy in time for the Galaxy S9, as Samsung's marketing manager is on record tweeting that the "tech probably won't be ready for retail by then." 

That could leave it for the Galaxy Note 9, but in any case it is a device with Infinity Display design that we are seeing depicted here in the Korean patent database filing. It's tough to master the speed and accuracy of a touch scanner when you have just an emitting component hidden under a cover glass and screen package to rely on, as both Samsung and Apple failed to perfect the technology on time to include it in the Galaxy S8 or the iPhone X, while Apple even went with an entirely different biometric solution

Still, we are having the first devices with in-display finger scanner being teased for next year, so we wouldn't be surprised if Samsung ditches that elliptical thingy by its cameras when next fall rolls in. Moreover, in its newest patent grant, Samsung couples the reader with a pressure sensor, so nothing in the current design would have to change at the front. Samsung is still rumored to use the same 6.32" panel for the Note 9 next year, so we might only see a more refined Infinity Display design, while most of the other changes could be reserved for under the hood.



1. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

If this is incorporated on the Note 9 and they shorten the device, this will be my next phone.

15. torr310

Posts: 1729; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Next Note will be over $1000. It can be less than $1000 if they take out the less useful curved screen and retinal scanner.

18. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

The curved screen is the main reason, such big device to be comfortable to hold in one hand. That alone is a great feature.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

With an 18:9 aspect ratio it won't be to wide to hold, in fact it's the aspect ratio of the note 8 that makes it comfy to hold not the curve, the curve helps but it isn't the main reason.

27. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

The width of the Note 8 doesn't bother me, but the height does.

30. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Hearing that a lot with the 18:9 phones that go above 5.7in-5.8in, even at those sizes they are still a little tall, where is the 5.5in right....well there is the Q6 but it's trash lol.

35. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Agreed. I think the LG V30 has the best iteration of the 18:9 aspect ratio. It's smaller in every direction compared to my Note 5 yet has a .3" larger screen. It's a great device but the display issues are disappointing.

39. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

My main unlock method is the IRIS scanner, it's really fast and reliable, I really don't know why people are bashing it, it's even more secure than the face id but not sure if faster (we have to wait and see comparisons), I use the back fingerprint scanner only when having my sunglasses on.

40. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Don't you have to first turn on the screen, then line up your eyes on the area on the screen? At least when I saw people using it, the fingerprint seemed less cumbersome.

2. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

At least because they couldn't get this implemented for the Note 8, at least they kept what worked. Not like some other company who couldn't get it to work, and simply ditched it for something else, that also doesn't work and they are gonna force it down peoples throats and then send firmware updates to bring back what was cutback. Samsung is the best. Keep what works until the actual next best thing is readily available. Don't ditch the headphone jack, until a better option is readily available. Hopefully Samsung's SX/10 or Note X/10 will be better than what we've seen in the present.

11. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Your love for Samsung products and hatred for everything else is comical. I too like Samsung products but I can still respect other companies and their effort on pushing Samsung to make better products. Apple coming out with the iPhone X only pushes Samsung to up their game. This is coming from a current owner of a Note 5 btw.

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wrong, He's on neutral POV because he own S8, S8+, note8, iPhone8, iPhone8+, and iPhoneX /s

25. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

What's so appealing about the iPhone X vs the Note 8? They both have their own pros and cons but I wouldn't say the iPx is making Samsung "up their game" they've always pushed innovation and never slowed down. If anything Samsung made Apple up their game, finally catching up, somewhat.

26. Georgio

Posts: 329; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

No!! Samsung is pushing apple to up their game!! Are u living on this planet?

28. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Calm down. No need to get angry over talking tech that we all love and are passionate about. It's a two-way street. They're all pushing each other, obviously some more than others. I'm sure Samsung knew about Apple releasing a bezel less phone in 2017 prior to them releasing the S8/S8+.

37. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No, I am sure apple cought wind of Samsung doing a close to bezelless phone for the s8, s8+and note 8 in 2017 so they had to come up with a close to bezelless phone.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

they both push each other - and we benefit. Let's not upset the cart.

29. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This is a perfect time to say the S5 fingerprint scanner wasn't as bad as the media made it out to be.

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32. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Top notch journalism right there.

4. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

There's a big difference between getting a patent based on a childlike sketch and something that actually works.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4392; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Your comment applies to every patent we have seen ever.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unless it's on a napkin.

20. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

They all look like that

19. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

"surprised if Samsung ditches that elliptical thingy by its cameras" hope you say the same for the notch @ss thingy on the iPhone Eksnotch.

36. Not_Amused321

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Who cares about face id and fingerprint scanners there all inaccurate anyways, can compromise security.

38. iushnt

Posts: 3180; Member since: Feb 06, 2013


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