Samsung is working on an in-screen fingerprint scanner after all, giving us hope for a 2018 debut.
This year, Samsung made a bold decision to kill off its Home button on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. By shifting the fingerprint scanner to the back of the phone, Samsung was able to flood the front of its handsets with screen, a space-age design that it calls ‘Infinity Display’. But users have largely bemoaning the rear-set fingerprint scanner, prompting Samsung to seek a solution.
Fortunately, we’ve glimpsed the future already. Samsung has filed for a patent with KIPRIS (South Korea’s intellectual property body) that details an in-screen fingerprint reader. The pressure sensitive scanner would be hidden below the display, making it possible to retain the Infinity Display while returning the fingerprint sensor to the front of the phone.
The bad news is that a patent is no guarantee of a technology actually rolling out. For instance, yesterday we reported on a leak from a renowned tipster that suggested the Galaxy S9 won’t feature this sort of technology:
And we recently saw a tweet from a former Samsung marketing manager who also suggested that the technology won’t be ready for the Galaxy S9:
What’s more promising is the idea that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will feature this technology instead. The Note 9 will need some way to differentiate itself from the Galaxy S9, and Note phones are often used to trial quirky new technologies before being adopted on the core S-series devices. However, this does leave the question over what we’ll actually see from the Galaxy S9 unanswered.
In any case, Samsung hasn’t confirmed either of those phones, so take all rumours, leaks, and speculation with due caution for now.
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