Highlights

  • Galaxy Note 9 may not include the in-display fingerprint scanner
  • Galaxy Note 9 is expected to launch later this year
  • Samsung said to be facing ‘technical difficulties’ in adopting it

Samsung just launched its latest flagship series, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus at Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC).

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are not the only two flagship devices that the company will launch this year as it plans to launch its Galaxy Note series flagship device later in the year for Note series fans.

It looks as if the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 may not sport a fingerprint reader underneath the screen after all.

 

Samsung has not announced any details about the upcoming flagship. However, regardless of the announcement, considering that this is a flagship device from Samsung, it is expected that the company will add the latest and greatest that the technology world has to offer in terms of the hardware along with an impressive design from the company. However, according to a new report by MacRumors, Samsung is likely to not include the under-display fingerprint scanner that was all the rage during MWC 2018, especially with the Vivo APEX and the X20 Plus UD that was revealed during the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES).

According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider), who previously speculated himself that the phone would have the sensor, Samsung is postponing the feature due to technical difficulties.

An embedded fingerprint scanner that reads your prints through the display has been rumored to come to Samsung’s Galaxy phones for awhile. In December 2016, there was speculation that the Galaxy S8 would have it (instead, it featured a fingerprint sensor on the back). Suspicion continued for the Note 8, but that phone ended up having a scanner on the back, too. Now that the current Galaxy S9 flagship phone sports the same design, we’re continuing to wait for Samsung to adopt the new tech.

The KGI analysis reported that Samsung may be skipping this feature for the Note 9 because current ultrasonic and optical sensing solutions do not “meet Samsung’s technical requirements.” Samsung may include the feature in another phone in the future though, possibly on the next Galaxy S phone at the earliest, according to Kuo.

Currently, we’ve seen only one phone with an under-display fingerprint reader. Known as the Vivo Apex, the phone also allows two fingerprints to be read at the same time for extra security. Vivo unveiled the Apex at MWC 2018 as a concept phone, but it was reported on Thursday that it will go into production mid-year.

Regardless of the reports, Kuo is positive about the technology and believes that Samsung will be the first to pioneer the under-display fingerprint scanner for OLED displays.

If Kuo’s prediction about the Galaxy Note 9 is true, it ‘ll mean that Samsung will have to find another way to differentiate the Note 9 from the Galaxy S9.

Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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