The Galaxy Note 8 won't have an in-screen fingerprint scanner, according to Samsung official


Almost everyone who's used Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, will be quick to tell you just how bad the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor's placement is. As previously reported, this seems to have been a last second decision, made necessary due to the company's inability to produce a high-quality prototype for an in-screen scanner in time. And while we've hoped the technology would be ready by the time the Galaxy Note 8 enters production, a recent piece of news has just crushed those dreams into fine dust.

As reported by Korean-language publication News1, a Samsung official was quoted as saying: "We made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security."

Or in other words, Samsung actually had a working prototype, but one that couldn't perform up to par with its standalone counterparts. And to further rub salt in the wound, the report makes special mention of Apple, which is widely believed to have successfully implemented the technology into its next flagship, the iPhone 8.

The company doesn't seem to have given up on the idea entirely, however – according to the report, while an in-screen won't be present in the Note 8, Samsung will continue developing the technology in collaboration with CrucialTec, one of the world's largest biometric sensor manufacturers.

The Galaxy Note 8, which is said to share quite a few design beats with Samsung's current reigning flagship, the S8, will reportedly bear the distinction of being the first high-end Samsung device with a dual rear-facing camera module. It is expected to be unveiled in late August, just ahead of this year's IFA expo in Germany, and will feature the same 18.5:9 screen ratio as the Galaxy S8, but in a larger, 6.3-inch panel.

source: News1 (translated) via SamMobile

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107 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

making up excuses apple might beat them to it.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What excuses? It's not ready based on the Crucial Tech design.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's literally the definition of an excuse...

26. AxelFoley unregistered

@kik8o- That is literally the definition of a "reason" or "rationale". An excuse seeks to lessen blame. I don't believe the manifacturer is being blamed for anything.

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Really? It's not an excuse. If it isn't ready then what is the point of using it anyways? I could care less. The ones they already have work fine. I don't car if Apple or anyone does it 1st or at all.

52. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly Techie BFD if it even happens with any of them. You people sound like 3erd graders, I did it first, no I did it first. Grow up for God sakes.

61. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's not made up though.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

crucial tech?! ha! well its piece of cake there @cupertino.

11. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The note already loosing the battle before its even started, as usual. Can't wait till apple gives them another knock-out punch with AR capabilities, touchbar functionalities, and those super fancy 3d sensing dual ff cameras.

16. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

In your dreams little kid.

17. peace247 unregistered

Keep your fantasies down banks bcos u will surely be disappointed.

18. peace247 unregistered

Keep your fantasies down banks cos u will surely be disappointed.

23. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Tell us more about the future oh dear Apple prophet.

49. aegislash

Posts: 1465; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

@ post #11 Wow Bankz...I sided with ya man, because I agree with you on a lot of Apple-related things, but this is just the icing on the cake. "Loosing the battle before it even started, as usual"...right. That's why, thanks to the Note, we now have larger displays. Had it not been for Samsung taking a risk, as they usually do, you'd still be using a puny 3.5" display. What battle are you talking about? Sales? Because if so, high sales numbers do not equate to a better product. Any moron knows this. Surely you aren't talking about features, because the Note is so feature packed it puts iPhone to shame. "wait till apple gives them another knock-out punch with AR capabilities, touchbar functionalities, and those super fancy 3d sensing dual ff cameras" Literally nothing is official yet, so I think it's time for you to get off that pedestal of yours and acting like you've got insider info.

56. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Post 49 Very well said, I never agree with bankz much at all, lately bankz has been posting some really dumb post.

35. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is a very clear excuse. Last year they couldn't keep up the quality management, this year no innovation. Bending the edge doesn't cut it this year because people expect much more real usable features instead of flashy gimmicks from android phones.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Everybody knows apple are the only company capable of pulling this off. Moreso, this early in the industry.

10. peace247 unregistered

Sorry to break your bubble but iPhone 8 will not have it either.

20. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Keep telling yourself that. U think apple repeated the ip7 design for nothing? Lmao!!! Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ip8 presentation come september.

104. corvette72778

Posts: 151; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Will Apple finally compete with the Note 8 with IP68, stylus, fast charging and iris scanner?

48. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG Bankz, it's still rumors that either may or may not have it, don't be so dumb.

50. Ninetysix

Posts: 2946; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's not a rumor. It's from SamMobile. SamMobile which I know is very close to Samsung in relations, has not ever so far posted any false news on Samsung.

58. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMFG and you believe all you read on the internet, lol Rather it is or BFD , not going to change my life any.

63. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

No offense, but you are completely wrong Have you already forgotten SamMobile's exclusive news about the S8 not having a headphone jack https://www.sammobile.com/2016/12/06/exclusive-galaxy-s8-is-not-going-to-feature-a-3-5mm-headphone-jack/

87. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Ninetysix, Post #50. SamMobile has a disclaimer on it's website which says they are just a Samsung fan site, and are not in any way, shape or form affiliated to Samsung. So, you saying that "SamMobile which I know is very close to Samsung in relations" is utter nonsense. SMH

89. Ninetysix

Posts: 2946; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

https://goo.gl/INji9n Bottom of Post #12 Thanks.

66. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol these Apple fanboys aren't even up to date with Apple rumours Latest rumours are Apple are also having major performance and yield issues, and the iPhone 8 will have "camera authentication" with a Essential-style cutout

12. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Apple is just a paper serpent which Samsung can smash it at anyway, anywhere and anytime. Cancelling the OLED supplies would make the entire Apple building shake. So Apple better behave!

24. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Well, pity it turns out samsung needs apples $$$ more than apple needs their oleds. Stay safe kid.

65. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Bankz, stop being so stupid. They both need each other. Since most of the parts apple users comes from Samsung I would have to say apple needs Samsung just a litte more. Samsung would go on with out apple as so apple would go on with out Samsung but it would be a little harder tell they found someone to make what they need.

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