Galaxy Note 9 could be Samsung’s first handset to feature an optical fingerprint reader

The Galaxy S9 isn’t even official yet and we’re already seeing our first hint at what Samsung could have in store for the Galaxy Note 9.

It’s no secret that Samsung is working around the clock to launch a smartphone with an optical (read: in-screen) fingerprint sensor and a recent filing for a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) would lead you to believe it’s found a way to do just that.

The sketches included in the documentation suggest that the firm’s competitor to the Vivo X20 Plus UD – the first smartphone to feature a working optical reader – will have a scanner baked into the bottom fifth of the screen, which vibrates when it fails to authenticate a user.

Image: WIPO

Samsung was hoping to bundle an optical fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, but a strict manufacturing deadline meant it had to shelve the plan, instead opting for a rear-facing scanner, according to several reports from trusted industry sources.

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That resulted in many analysts, including KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, drawing the conclusion that the Galaxy Note 9 will be the firm’s first flagship to tout an in-screen fingerprint reader and this patent filing could add some substance to the claim – though nothing’s set in stone.

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