Samsung’s Galaxy S9 probably won’t have Synaptics’ in-display fingerprint scanner

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 will more than likely not come sporting an in-display fingerprint scanner, with Samsung tipped to avoid a major design shift for its next flagship.

The idea that the Galaxy S9 could have a fingerprint scanner embedded into the phone’s display rather than on a home button or the handset’s back, was first given weight by speculations that the Galaxy S8 would have such a feature.

When that turned out not to be the case, tech ponderers naturally moved on to forecast an in-display fingerprint scanner for the Galaxy S9.

And now an announcement by Synaptics, a major biometrics tech firm, that it will be working a company from the “Top 5” smartphone makers has added fuel to the fire that the Galaxy S9 will have an innovative fingerprint scanner.

“With the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself,” the company said, dropping a huge hint about the Galaxy S9, given the ‘infinity display’ label is Samsung’s name for its edge-to-edge curved displays.

But diehard Samsung followers SamMobile reckon this won’t be the case, noting how many other rumours point towards the Galaxy S9 having a fingerprint scanner on the rear like the Galaxy S8 and that Samsung has not appeared ready to abandon the critically-acclaimed design it established with the Galaxy S8.

Furthermore, the top 5 smartphone makers also include Apple, Oppo, Huawei and Xiaomi. The former is concentrating on its Face ID facial recognition biometrics, while Xiaomi, the tech pushing Chinese giant, could be a candidate for mixing up the deign and potion of fingerprint scanners.

And previous leaks of Galaxy S9 cases and other speculation generally point towards the Galaxy S9 simply having a few nips and tucks over its predecessor, with the Galaxy Note 9 predicted ot be a more likely candidate for an in-display fingerprint scanner.

So there’s a chance Synaptics’ press release is a neat ruse to garner attention ahead of the Galaxy S9 launch, due early 2018. As ever, we’ll reserve judgement until we see the Galaxy S9 make its proper debut.

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