Samsung Galaxy Note 9, not Galaxy S9, will be the first phone to have an under-display fingerprint sensor. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo says Samsung has already got samples from BeyondEyes and Samsung LSI and has begun testing the technology.
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Samsung is planning to fix the weird placement of the fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S8 series and Galaxy Note 8 with the launch of Note 9 next year. According to KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Note 9 will be the first smartphone from the South Korean company to feature a fingerprint sensor embedded within the display. The under-display fingerprint sensor was earlier rumoured to debut first on the Galaxy Note 8 and Apple's iPhone X.
According to reports, both Apple and Samsung tried to incorporate fingerprint tech under the display for their 2017 smartphones but failed to develop the technology in time for launch. Now Kuo says an optical sensor that can function from within the display will be available for the Note 9 next year. He adds that BeyondEyes and Samsung LSI are the two suppliers that have already shipped part samples to Samsung Electronics.
With the launch of the Galaxy Note 9 next year, Samsung is said to be using a new technology that will allow the AMOLED screen to double up as the light source for the sensor, reports Business Insider. The technology is seen as a way to enhance the battery life of the smartphone. While BeyondEyes and Samsung LSI are likely to win the contract, Samsung might also consider Egis, the supplier of regular fingerprint sensor used on current Galaxy phones.
Samsung currently includes Iris recognition and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for authentication with its existing flagship smartphones. While the placement of the fingerprint sensor has been ill-conceived, the iris scanning technology has been found easy to fool.
A recent report said that Android smartphone makers have started investigating 3D sensing technology used by Apple for Face ID on iPhone X. It also said that under display fingerprint sensors have been sidelined but Samsung now seems to be focusing on getting the technology right for its future devices.
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