Synaptics has developed an in-display fingerprint scanner allowing the sensor to be placed conveniently below the screen of your device. We’ve seen the concept in a few forms, one being on the Vivo X20 Plus UD. We heard the Samsung might be next to include the technology in one of its widely known flagship monikers, such as the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy Note 9. However, due to a delay with the technology and early mass production of Samsung’s newest smartphones, the in-display (or beneath display) fingerprint reader is absent from the Galaxy S9 duo.
We thought for sure the Galaxy Note 9 would adopt the technology, though KGI suspects the opposite. As a temporary solution to the oddly placed fingerprint scanner on Samsung devices, Samsung responded by relocating the sensor to a more ergonomic location on the rear of Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. According to 9to5Google, this is also where the touch sensor will be on Galaxy Note 9.
People have been putting such pressure on manufacturers to adopt the forward-thinking technology that allows the fingerprint scanner to be placed below glass. However, the implementation hasn’t hit the commercial stage after many years of rumors, and is far from the trend we expected it to become in 2018. KGI analyst suggests that Samsung, like others, is experiencing “technological difficulties” causing an extended delay with the fingerprint technology. A low success rate with screen protectors is among all leading concerns, and Samsung wants perfection.
At MWC 2018 during Unpacked 2018, Samsung Mobile CEO explained that the company is no longer looking to be first in everything, and this could be a prime example of Samsung taking its time. Perhaps the South Korean giant is now learning from past mistakes.