This is where the Galaxy S9 fingerprint scanner goes

Samsung just unveiled its 2018 midrangers, the Galaxy A8 and A8+, and, buried in specs and size comparisons, as well as chomping on their respective pricing schemes, one might overlook the glaring change in those two phones, compared to their predecessors. Yes, we are talking about the fingerprint reader placement.

It's no longer housed underneath the display like on the A5 or A7 (2017), their predecessors. It's not even placed asymmetrically on the right of the camera area, like on the Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8. Nope, the finger scanner on the new A8 and A8+ lies right smack in the middle of the rear, where it belongs, sitting underneath the camera lens with a metal separator between the two. 

Remember the recently leaked renders of the Galaxy S9 and S9+, coming from a source with a proven track record, who often outs renders of upcoming Galaxy phones based on scooped-up CAD designs? Well, those depicted the exact same placement and form of the S9 fingerprint reader as we are now having in flesh and blood on the A8 (2018). Thus, we'd wager to guess this is exactly how Samsung will resolve the popular backlash against the fingerprint reader position of the S8 and S8+, which take quite a lot of getting used to if you don't want to smudge your lenses, and is nigh impossible to hit on the Note 8 with smaller hands. 

Granted, placing it under the cameras of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ may not fully resolve the smudging potential, but at least it will be much more ergonomic to hit by lefties and righties alike, what do you think?

Related phones

Galaxy A8 (2018)
  • Display 5.6" 1080 x 2220 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(19h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)

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11 Comments

10. Jrod99

Posts: 714; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Took them a while but they finally learn where to place scanner.

11. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Awhile, as in 1 year?! That's not even awhile for jail time. I waited 'awhile' & skipped the Note 5 because it didn't have SD expansion & got the Note 7. A year's not that long.

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