Rumors and speculation regarding underneath the screen fingerprint scanners have been around for some time now. It was first believed that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ would have it, but as we know, this didn’t happen. In spark of some positive development, Synaptics, the “leading developer of human interface solutions,” hinted at what could be the first phone to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Many suspected Samsung would be first to implement such a fingerprint technology with the Galaxy Note 9. This has now been backed up by some pretty reliable information released by Synaptics, which points that the technology may just be ready in time for the Galaxy S9, due out in March. The biometrics manufacturer reported last week having developed this type of fingerprint scanner, denominated as “Clear ID FS9500.” The big hint lies in the fact that Synaptics reported that the sensor is “designed for smartphones with infinity displays.” The term ‘infinity display’ refers to Samsung’s displays, and the next smartphone we expect to have one is the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Synaptics also assured us that the sensor works with wet, dry, cold fingers and that it’s twice as fast at unlocking phones compared with 3D facial recognition. With this statement, it seems like this sensor is challenging Apple’s new 3D facial recognition sensor seen on the iPhone X. Perhaps some Galaxy S9 leaks will give us some indication in the weeks ahead.