Synaptics unveils in-display fingerprint scanner, hints that Samsung Galaxy S9/9+ will have it

Synaptics unveils in-display fingerprint scanner, hints that Samsung Galaxy S9/9+ will have it
One of the most important new features in the smartphone industry this year was actually one that never made it on to a phone. We're talking about the rumored in-display fingerprint scanner. First, there was talk that this would be found on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. When that didn't happen, there was speculation that we would see the in-display biometric reader on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or the Apple iPhone X.

Eventually, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be the first Samsung device to sport an in-display fingerprint scanner. And it was sort of funny when it was revealed by an Apple executive that the company never considered an under screen version of Touch ID, and was all in on Face ID from the very beginning of the iPhone X's inception. That's right, all of that talk about Apple's failure to come up with the technology to place the fingerprint reader under the display, and a Plan "B" to put Touch ID on the back of the iPhone X, were all bogus.

This morning, biometrics firm Synaptics announced that it has developed the world's first in-display fingerprint scanner named the "Clear ID FS9500." Designed for phones with near bezel-free screens, it reads the user's fingerprint with a single touch on a specified part of the glass. And here is the exciting part of Synaptic's statement. The company says that the in-display fingerprint scanner is already undergoing mass production and will be used on a handset being manufactured by a "Top 5" smartphone manufacturer.

So which phones will be among the first with this technology? Synaptics might have left us a big hint in its press release when it said "with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays (italics are ours), the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself." This is about as close to saying that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ will be among the first smartphone models with an in-display fingerprint scanner, without actually saying it.


Nothing is guaranteed of course, but it would be an interesting way for Samsung to combat Apple's Face ID.

source: Synaptics

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74 Comments

1. Rocket

Posts: 703; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Finally!

73. lyndon420

Posts: 6876; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yes finally...death to biometric privacy. When a simple passcode just isn't good enough.

2. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"... were all bogus" ... according to the Apple marketing speak. Let's not automatically confuse that with facts.

3. mootu

Posts: 1539; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Amen! Of course they were working on it, they even bought one of the companies developing it. They failed and Apple will never admit to failure.

22. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

And blame it on the customers.

25. mikehunta727 unregistered

Did Samsung ever actually admit failure? Don't know where you got that from

32. bucknassty

Posts: 1372; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

they did with the note 7 batteries

35. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

Ever heard of Note 7? Pretty sure they admitted their mistake.

61. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

They apologized in public with a newspaper add. So yes, they did.

69. _thavani

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

i think they just said they are gonna keep trying but for now we will stick it at the back...until we get it to work with the Note 9

71. Zakoreybarker

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

If you go on YouTube you will find multiple videos of Samsung admitting to their failures and even how they improved on the newer devices.

31. midan

Posts: 3112; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

why would you think they failed when they clearly have something better already?

47. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 928; Member since: May 07, 2014

Face ID isn't better. It can be fooled and it has been proven many times.

68. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

If your family members can fool it and it's slower, it isn't actually better by definition.

30. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They worked on it, I'm sure of it, Apple can't help but create their own version of stuff, to believe that Apple doesn't want a proprietary under the screen scanner is just stupid. Apple might like face id but they love touch id, it's their baby after all and I don't believe for one second that they've given up on it.

46. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 928; Member since: May 07, 2014

I have read the same kind of words here before. Phonearena does a great job covering up for the failures of Apple.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1584; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Just because Apple claimed they were in on Face ID from the start it's very possible that they just don't want the public to know they failed. I mean, some of the stuff their marketing team says is so delusional you need to eat shrooms for breakfast to think it's reality.

26. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

Agreed. Apple: "we used the strongest glass ever put on a smartphone!" Everyone else: "we used Gorilla Glass 5."

5. midan

Posts: 3112; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Phonearena, where you get the idea that S9 will have it? it won't.

8. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

iPhoneX S will probably have it first. Enjoy.!!!

9. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Yeah, Top 5 could mean Huawei!!!

28. YeahYeah

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Did you read This? "bezel-free OLED infinity displays".... This is Samsung trademark.

49. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

You'll have to read this, not me. This is what Synaptics said.. "The company says that the in-display fingerprint scanner is already undergoing mass production and will be used on a handset being manufactured by a "Top 5" smartphone manufacturer" Where is a mention of bezel-free OLED infinity displays in above line, they've only said that they can use this on such displays but never said some one with such display is going to incorporate that in their next flagship.

51. YeahYeah

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It is hint genius. Are you that slow. Why would they use infinity display not bezel-less phones if it was another manufacturer.

74. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I still dont think it'll make it to S9, lets see what happens when it is launched

66. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

It's right there at the bottom of the article and is also referenced by the article. How could you not see it? Let me reproduce it for you. "Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself. Synaptics' Clear ID fingerprint sensors are faster, more convenient, and more secure than alternative biometrics, and this optical technology represents a major innovation shift and opportunity for the smartphone market."-Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Division, Synaptics

62. WGACA

Posts: 132; Member since: May 08, 2015

Huawei will use LCD screen for P11, so no, it won't be them.

10. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Would you be upset if it did? Suggesting it's already in mass production and will be used in a Top 5 brand/device kind of limits the options. If that top 5 is based on smartphone models, it's definitely Samsung, because generally Apple is the other Top 5 model supplier. Going by manufacturer, it could be Samsung, Huawei, OPPO or Xiaomi. Apple is rumored to have no interest in it because Face ID is just so damn good, hahaha. I could see Xiaomi's Mi7 being the one to implement it first, or Huawei in their P11 although it's being said they plan on adopting their version of Face ID, maybe they'll offer both.

11. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

are you stupid, they mentioned it's a hint. It's the fact that synaptics said that a high end phone manufacture with infinfinity display which is what it is made for will have it. It is also in mass production. Im not personally saying that the do will have it but hlhow do you know if it will or not? As dope as the clue was, it's all rumors for now

12. midan

Posts: 3112; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

every rumour and news are saying S9 will have rear fps, what's the point having rear fps if they have front fps aswell. Sorry this isn't for S9 we haven't heard one single news about S9 getting one.

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