Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), but the rumor mill is already looking forward to the Galaxy Note 9. We already know almost everything about the Galaxy S9, but not much is known about the Note 9 at this point. Now a Chinese tipster has learned from their sources that the Galaxy Note 9 will finally have the fingerprint sensor embedded under the display.
Galaxy Note 9 to be Samsung’s first phone with optical fingerprint tech
Twitter user MMDDJ_, who has leaked numerous details of unannounced smartphones on Twitter and Weibo in the past, said in a tweet that Samsung will incorporate the under display fingerprint reader on the Note 9.
It means the Galaxy Note 9 owners will be able to unlock their handsets and authenticate payments by placing their finger on the screen. The Galaxy S9 would still have the fingerprint sensor placed on the back panel, below the camera.
Under display fingerprint sensor on GALAXY Note 9.
— 萌萌的电教 (@MMDDJ_) January 7, 2018
It’s not the first time we have come across reports of Samsung incorporating the optical fingerprint solution in its flagship phones. Earlier, there were speculations that the company would add the technology in the Galaxy S8 or Note 8. But it never happened, most likely because Samsung was still facing issues with security, speed, and low yield rates. The Korean company has been working on the feature for years.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also told investors that the Galaxy Note 9 would be Samsung’s first device to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. The analyst has learned from supply chain sources that Egis, BeyondEyes, and Samsung LSI were in the race to supply optical fingerprint sensors for the Note 9. It means the Korean company won’t be using sensors from Qualcomm or Synaptics for the feature.
Kuo believes the optical fingerprint scanner would be a stop-gap solution before Samsung could bring a 3D facial recognition system to take on Apple’s Face ID. Samsung’s flagship phones already feature facial recognition, but it isn’t secure.
Ming-Chi Kuo noted that Android vendors including Samsung wouldn’t be able to replicate Face ID’s complex technology for at least 18-24 months. The Galaxy Note 9 would also come with an advanced iris scanner for additional security.
Vivo, Doogee beat Samsung in race to in-display fingerprint solution
The Note 9 won’t be the first smartphone to come with the optical fingerprint solution. Chinese vendor Vivo has showcased the world’s fruoirst phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor at the CES. Vivo said the device was ready to enter production, but it didn’t mention any other features or the release date. We expect it to arrive in the first half of this year. Vivo uses Synaptics’ new ClearID FS9500 fingerprint sensor on its phone.