According to KGI, Samsung has no apparent reason to risk having an under-display fingerprint scanner in next year’s Galaxy S9. Because Apple has dropped the idea of incorporating one in its next iPhone – aka the iPhone 8 – Samsung can rest easy for when it launches its next Galaxy S phone, but, it may bring the feature to next year’s Galaxy Note 9. Essentially, the Galaxy S9 will reportedly come with a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, albeit one that is placed at a more ergonomic position. The Galaxy Note 9, however, may witness a radical shift in how we interact – lock and unlock – with our phones in the days to come.
“Since OLED iPhone has cancelled under-display fingerprint recognition/touch ID function, and as Galaxy S9 will have the new selling points of upgraded iris recognition and dual camera, Samsung has no need to risk adopting under-display optical fingerprint solution in a hurry,” 9 to 5 Google quotes KGI as saying .
Samsung, as per the report, would be looking to improve its existing iris and facial recognition technologies, especially after reports emerged initially that it was quite easy to fool the Galaxy S8/S8+’ face recognition tech using a photo of the user. The fingerprint scanner, although it would still be located at the rear, would occupy a more ergonomic position, probably below the camera module. In the case of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, it lies right next to the camera module which makes using it quite frustrating.
Since using an under-display fingerprint scanner – as opposed to a conventional fingerprint sensor – would increase cost by 4-5 times, Samsung would want to wait before making the leap, the report adds. The Galaxy Note 9 would be the phone that would actually ship with such a technology.
Samsung will meanwhile launch the Galaxy Note 8 — successor to the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 — in New York City on August 23. Ahead of its launch, Samsung’s next Note was recently leaked in its full glory courtesy serial tipster Evan Blass, who also goes by the twitter handle @evleaks. The tipster had not only managed to get a hold of what he said were official press renders, he had also managed to get a hold of the full and final spec-sheet of the phone in question.
The phone, on the basis of what Blass revealed, looks like a powerhouse and much more different compared to the Galaxy S8 Plus. The most notable additions would be a Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+ like Infinity screen and dual rear cameras.