This Samsung Galaxy S9 leak may have been false all along

A widespread rumour that the Samsung Galaxy S9 fingerprint scanner would be built into the display has been thrown into question, all thanks to a fresh leak online.

If you’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, you’ll have noticed that most of the handsets’ fronts are occupied by screen. This new “Infinity Display” design has been hugely popular, and was made possible by removing the fingerprint scanner from the front of the phone – and sticking it on the back instead.

But there’s been no shortage of complaints about the fingerprint scanner being stuck to the back of the phone, much to Samsung’s chagrin. That’s why we’ve not been surprised to hear frequent rumours that Samsung is working on a way to embed an optical fingerprint scanner below the display, allowing the Infinity Display to be retained and bringing the sensor back to the front of the phone to boot.

Unfortunately, prominent and oft-reliable tech tipster Ice Universe has tweeted that this won’t be the case at all. In a post to Twitter, the renowned leaker wrote: “100% sure, Galaxy S9 no screen fingerprint recognition.”

If it’s true, that’s a bit of a shame as rumour-spinners have been foretelling of optical scanners debuting on 2018’s roster of top-tier smartphones for months now. However, Samsung may be looking at alternative solutions instead.

For instance, Apple was forced to completely scrap the Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the new all-screen-front iPhone X. In its stead, user authentication will be handled by a Face ID facial recognition system that scans your mug to grant entry into the device. Given the intense rivalry between the two firms, it’s entirely possible that Samsung is considering adopting a similar technology on future Galaxy smartphones – including the rumoured, but unconfirmed, Galaxy S9.

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