Samsung's in-screen fingerprint scanner said to cause display brightness issues

Concept image of the Galaxy Note 8.

Concept image of the Galaxy Note 8.


An industry insider claims that Samsung's in-screen fingerprint scanner technology results in brightness imbalance issues where the area containing the scanner is noticeably brighter than the rest of the display.

This could be the reason, or one of the reasons why Samsung is reportedly giving up on the in-screen optical fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The most recent rumors claim that the technology won't be ready for mass production until early next year, possibly in time for the Galaxy S9's release.

Due to the technological experimentation involved, and the elaborate safety tests & measures Samsung is undertaking to prevent the Note 7's battery explosion problems from repeating, the Note 8 might be announced later than usual – in September at the IFA conference in Berlin, rather than August, as it has been for a while now. The rumors are conflicting on the situation, though both mid-August or early September sound completely manageable.

Besides, Apple has already gathered major hype with the upcoming iPhone 8, which is going to present major design and functionality changes. Releasing the Galaxy Note 8, which will most likely bear a strong resemblance to the Galaxy S8, a few weeks before the new iPhone will do little to dim Apple's spotlight. Samsung is better off taking its time and polishing the phablet to near perfection. The Note 8 has to be the ultimate proof that Samsung has learned from its past mistakes.

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source: Weibo (Translated) via Android Headlines

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127 Comments

1. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

If Samsung the company that make components couldn't do it I wonder how the iPhone will turn out, since Samsung make the screens you can only think if its not perfect on the iPhone then online blogs will rip Apple up. I heard security was an issue as well, wonder how easy it is to hack?

2. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You must really underestimate apple and you'll be doing so at your own peril. The in display fps, 3d sensing and AR on the iphone 8 will revolutionalize the smartphone industry. If anybody can push technology, trend, and possibility then its certainly apple and if not apple, then its certainly microsoft closely followed by google and amazon.

13. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Apple doesn't make sh*t. The company they bought makes the sensor. Apple had aimilar issues too. But since iOS works at the hardware level and not through a VM, maybe they figured it out. Who cares. The FPS Damsung vets from Synaptics works fast and its tried and true. No matter where it is, its gonna do the same thing. Also you dont know if the new iPhone will have AR capabilities. All you heard was rumors and you believe them like its written in stone. I would prefer they dont have a sensor at all. Phones worked just fine before we had them.

19. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

"also you dont know if the the new iphones will have AR capabilities". Lol, u live under a rock or something? Go look up "ARkit", cause i want to believe you've heard of this thing called google, right? Btw, we saw how buying companies (viv) worked out for samsung with bixby right? I would love to see your reaction when samsung finally learns a thing or two on how to nail it from Apple with the iphone 8.

20. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

"also you dont know if the the new iphones will have AR capabilities". Lol, u live under a rock or something? Go look up "ARkit", cause i want to believe you've heard of this thing called google, right? Btw, we saw how buying companies (viv) worked out for samsung with bixby right? I would love to see your reaction when samsung finally learns a thing or two on how to nail it from Apple with the iphone 8.

54. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

As usual, Techie gave us fake news. Lier....

62. yyzamin

Posts: 375; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Apple doesn't make sh*t. The company they bought makes the sensor. Well they technically do.... The company they brought is now a part of Apple as is all their current and previous intellectual property.

89. apple-rulz

Posts: 1841; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

You clearly need an iOS device to help improve your typing.

122. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1497; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

So you are using the swipe gesture keyboard on your ilol which Android have since v4.4 .

28. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Bankz, did you type this comment on your Iphone Pro with keyboard connector while checking the time on your Iwatch with its thousands of health sensors? Well, at least it appears the talk of Apple "showing everyone how to do TRUE wireless charging from a distance" has died. I'm sure at some point that was also on your list of "locks" for the iphone 7s.

33. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I never said apple will do it with the iphone 8, but i assure you that if true wireless charging ever becomes a thing, Apple will be the company that nails it. You can quote me on this. Of course this excludes those barely existent chinese oems that hears what apple are about to do and rush to release a hardly functioning experimental in-house solution that doesn't even make it to market all so they can gather some media time and say they did it before apple.

39. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Thanks for letting me quote you. Unless you work for Apple then you are only guessing. A quick PA search for "iphone pro" shows the value of guess work and how even paid authors put out completely false information. If you do work for Apple and you are on PA, then that would make you a paid commentor or disgruntled employee giving up trade secrets. It's really a lose-lose. So, quoting you may be pointless. If you have information, I recommend you be the first to leak the prototype iphone 7s to PA.....or are you making statements of fact without so much as a render?

42. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Theres something i can tell you now bout the iphone 8 but i'll leave it for you to see in january (it will come in an update but at thesame time plans may change). Btw, apple won't release 3 phones this year and on the contrary, i don't work for apple neither am i planning to.

48. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Thanks for the info. I'm holding my breath.

58. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Of course they won't release 3 phones. It's going to be an iPhone 7s and 7s plus like what Apple usually does on the S years.

101. M.O.A.B

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

thats what ifans always say "when apple does X thing, it will sure nail" or "it will do it right" thats always you excuse when apple doesn't make something until every other manufacturer does it, did you forget apple maps?! and the "new" file manager ? is that how it is supposed to be done ? what about the notification shade? is that how it is done ??! it is the most inconvenient thing i have ever used, not to mention that there is a separate shade for toggles (which didnt even have a cellular data toggle till mid 2017) yes apple knows how things should be done and others should follow :/

124. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

They should start with their 5yrs old freaking LCD screens, thank God Samsung is Knight errant to them with AMOLED displays, before they fix anything else like charging en stuff.#33

29. iushnt

Posts: 3040; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

If anyone is pushing technology then you shouldn't exclude Samsung man. It's just a hellova company for pushing the boundaries of technology.

47. vishalraop

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 18, 2017

Ya ya... Apple always makes revolution. They are ones that created this world and we exist becoz of them. I agree they created iPhone and Mac Book. Then what, next what? Google and Amazon are the 2 companies who think out of the box. Agreed they have failed but they keep trying something new. Like I said, Apple fans think, Apple created this world

51. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, vishal, you just joined 43 min ago, as of now. And you don't seem to have much knowledge about iFans' psychology, or the innovations/revolutions from Apple. So please start doing some research before you write anything. There are only a few, unknowledgeable iFans who think Apple is everything and all others are trash. They are stupid. Rest aren't the same. They know that Apple might be at the top of it's game right now, but everyone doesn't think that its products are best for them. And it's ri okay for them to think so. They can have their own opinions on Apple. Neither is Apple not thinking out of the box. Everybody is, but everybody doesn't convert the ideas to products for whatever reason. And many of them copy too. Incl. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc. In regards to thinking out-of-the-box, Apple brought 3D touch and implemented it in a useful way in the iPhone 6S. Apple also brought the first, modern fingerprint scanner in the 5S, and the motion co-processor too! Wasn't that all out-of-the-box thinking? Some of them may have been implemented in the same way by another brand, possibly. Correct me on that. But hope you get my point. So you need to understand the smartphone industry before making a comment that makes you seem like an 8th grader. Study how this Industry works. Then come, and argue. Respectfully. Hope you comprehend it.

74. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Apple were not first to bring 3D touch and it is not anything new, Android apps have had the capability to do all 3d touch does without the extra weight and cost the hardware brings. It is just a marketing gimmick to make up for Apples lack if innovation. That is why 3D touch has not been implemented to date by anyone else of significance. Apple has been well behind since the 5 series and is living on past glories and people tied to its ecosystem.

109. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

ColinW, please don't be that guy. Your post no.74 screams stupidity. Neither did you tell which smartphone was the first to bring 3D touch, or implement it in the same way as Apple in the 6S. What I know, Apple was first with this implementation. So please, don't stay stuff you can't give evidence of.... And we aren't talking what Android can do and what it can't. Stop with the 'Android is best no matter what' trash; there are already many idiots to say that out there. And 3D touch is to make doing things easier and shorter. Such as moving the cursor while typing. It's much easier on iOS with 3D touch, no android phone provides the same level of convenience without it. So 3D touch is an innovation from Apple if it was the first to implement it. And it's not a gimmick for everyone. Plus it has been used in devices such as the Huawei Mate S, so there's that. So please......stop being an idiot. I'm tired of impersonating techie.

125. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

That composition ripped this comments section it 'nailed it' like Apple will with iPhone 8,am waiting for the mother of innovation to bring the new tech of 'fast charging' en 'feature phone' to the market.#51

53. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

You got 10 up votes for that?! Lol Apple can't push technology worth crap. They don't push anything until somebody else has tried it a few times. They are good at getting credit for others companies trial and errors though. The issue here is nobody has tried these things the iPhone 8 supposedly has so except some quarter baked crap like Apple maps and Siri. Lol

65. gigicoaste

Posts: 429; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

funny how you are talking about pushing trends and tech for companies which are buying technology made by others, sony, sharp, samsung, lg, panasonic, nokia. To me this are the pioneers, this are the masterminds behind trends. The companies with money and marketing which you mentioned are just speculating.

70. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

AR on the iPhone 8 will revolutionize the smartphone industry lol..... Google introduced the technology a year ago... Apple is catching up... I see the next thing you will say is Apple will revolutionize the industry by making a bezel-less phone.

91. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Actually Sony phones have AR inside cam app since Z1

73. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Apples track record in recent years indicates the opposite of what you claim. They have become a follower not a leader at best, blatant copier might be nearer the mark.

121. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

apple has never been revolutionary ever since steve jobs died. Well I guess the rainbow colors by tim cook was it. Other than that apple has been copy and pasting features like waterproof, dual windows, smart watch, nfc(google wallet/pay) and file manager. they still dont have wireless charge or fast charge, do they even have an SD card option? total joke of a company which I will enjoy shorting

127. Chaise unregistered

Microsoft and Google? Maybe. But putting Apple and Amazon before Samsung in terms of innovation is really pushing it.

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