Many were hoping to see the Galaxy S8 arrive this year with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display.
And while the phone was a triumph in so many ways, the rear-mounted sensor that eventually materialised was a disappointment for Galaxy fans.
Awkwardly mounted next to the rear camera, the sensor’s position made for an easily-smudged camera lens, and is once again tipped to appear on the back of a Samsung phone when the Note 8 arrives later this month.
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That has left many hoping to see the embedded fingerprint scanner, which Samsung is said to be working on, arrive on next year’s Galaxy S9.
It may be early days, but analysts have already began making predictions in that regard, with KGI Securities weighing in on the issue.
Analyst at the company, Ming-Chi Kuo, has released a new report (via) in which he says the Note 9, and not the Galaxy S9, will be the first Samsung phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Kuo is a reputable analyst, who has a decent, but not quite spotless record when it comes to these things, but it’s far from confirmed so use due caution here.
The analyst also claims Samsung will be replacing biometric supplier Synaptics with Egis next year ahead of the Note 9’s release.
Egis is, it’s claimed, set to become the largest fingerprint IC supplier to Samsung in 2018, with Kuo highlighting the need for new features and selling points on the Note 9.
It’s worth noting that in July, The Bell reported that Samsung had already ordered from suppliers the same 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch, edge-to-edge, curved Infinity Displays for use in the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
However, the report also claimed that while the displays were the same, they would indeed feature an integrated fingerprint sensor – contradicting Kuo’s latest prediction.
Apple is also said to be working on a sensor that’s integrated into a phone display, and is expected to debut such a feature on the upcoming iPhone 8.
However, some analysts have suggested Apple’s handset could be delayed precisely because of issues relating to the technology required for embedded sensors.
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