The first Galaxy Note 9 rumours are in – and it’s not even Halloween yet

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has only recently been released – and already the Galaxy Note 9 rumour mill is kicking into gear.

Our first credible teaser of what the Note 9 might feature comes to us from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who predicts that Samsung’s next flagship phablet will pack an in-display fingerprint scanner when it launches in the second-half of 2018.

In his latest note – highlights of which were first shared by Business Insider – Kuo posits that the Note 9 will come equipped with an “under-display optical fingerprint” scanner allowing users to unlock their device by simply by placing a finger on the phone’s screen.

Such a feature is likely, he adds, because two of the three main companies competing for the contract to make displays for Samsung’s next Note series handset have already shipped sample parts to the South Korean chaebol.

These firms are understood to be Samsung subsidiary Samsung LSI and BeyondEyes.

In-display fingerprint scanning is widely regarded as the next ‘holy grail’ of smartphone features, with a number of manufacturers hoping to be the first to launch a device sporting one.

It was thought that Apple’s recently revealed iPhone X flagship might be quickest out of the gate in this regard, but supply chain delays meant that the Cupertino-based company opted to debut its new Face ID facial recognition technology instead.

Another possibility is that Samsung might have an in-display fingerprint scanner ready in time for the Galaxy S9, which is expected to be released in Q1 2018 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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