There was a lot of fuss when the Galaxy Note 8 came out because many couldn’t get over its oddly placed fingerprint reader. With the Galaxy S9 just around the corner, the placement of the fingerprint scanner has come back into focus.
With the Galaxy S8 models and Galaxy Note 8, Samsung introduced a new ‘Infinity’ design. The phones have razor-thin bezels thanks to the removal of Samsung’s physical home button. This left few options for the fingerprint reader to travel to, which ended up being placed up top on the rear side. Instead of mounting the scanner in a circular shape, midway down the back like on Google and Huawei models, Samsung placed it along the rear camera lens in an off to the side location. This is the biggest gripe with Samsung’s latest flagships.
The odd-placed fingerprint reader is tough to reach, especially given the new 18.5:9 aspect ratio of the Infinity Display. Most people then touch the camera by mistake, because they have a hard time finding the reader that’s alongside both camera(s) and a hard rate monitor. It looks ugly, and it’s not it in a convenient place.
For years now, we’ve been hearing about the development of a Synaptics finger scanner that can be placed beneath glass. This would solve the mystery manufacturers have tried to solve for years. We’ve all been looking forward to the possibility of having it embedded in our screen, but the technology may not be ready despite earlier reports that it would in time for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Instead, we expect to see it debut on the Galaxy Note 9 or a smartphone from a different device manufacturer.
Later in the week, Samsung introduced mid-range Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ smartphones. Some leaks also made their way to Droid Turf, revealing what the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ could look like. Both Samsung’s new Galaxy A8 models for 2018, and the Galaxy S9 leaks that surfaced, show the fingerprint scanner again on the back. But, in a more centered position. It’s still unconfirmed, but this relocation could make many considering an upgrade steer toward the future Galaxy model. The back still looks somewhat busy with all the cameras and sensors going on, but instead of a horizontal strip like on the Galaxy Note 8, everything is vertically stacked with center alignment. Perhaps we’ll gain more indication at the upcoming CES 2018 trade show along with some information on the rumored Bixby speaker.
This brings us to our poll of the week. Would you appreciate the center relocation of Samsung’s fingerprint scanner? Do you prefer the round-shape scanner found on most other Android flagships? Is a button still ideal or are you waiting in line for the beneath the display reader to come out? If the choice was yours, where would you put the fingerprint reader on your smartphone? Drop a comment letting us know and be sure to vote in our weekly poll down below. The poll will remain open all week and we look forward to hearing your response.
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