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This might be the reason why the Galaxy S8 display doesn’t feature an integrated fingerprint sensor

It was rumored around five months ago that the Galaxy S8 was going to be the first smartphone with optical fingerprint recognition. This would mean that the handset’s display was going to feature an integrated fingerprint sensor. Samsung was already expected to ditch the physical home button so it had to put the sensor somewhere and integrating it with the display felt like the natural choice.

However, we now know that the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor has actually been relocated to the back alongside the rear sensor. It’s a bit unorthodox as we’ve seen in leaked images and videos of the Galaxy S8 but there’s no going back from this now. A new report out of Korea explains the reason why the Galaxy S8 doesn’t have optical fingerprint recognition.

The optical fingerprint recognition technology is still nascent and the report claims that Samsung and its fingerprint sensor supplier Synaptics were running out of time. Even though Samsung poured resources into Synaptics’ nascent technology last year, “the results were frustrating.”

The company had to make a decision as it had to start mass production of the Galaxy S8. It made a last minute decision to relocate the fingerprint sensor to the back. Samsung reportedly tried its best to have an embedded fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S8’s display but Synaptics was unable to develop the technology on time.

It’s pertinent to mention here that none of this has been confirmed by Samsung or Synaptics so take it with a grain of salt.

Samsung is likely to market the iris scanning and facial recognition features of the Galaxy S8 more to steal the spotlight from the fingerprint sensor. It remains to be seen when this technology will be fully developed so that it might be integrated into future Samsung flagships.

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billywongwashere
billywongwashere

Iris scanner doesn’t improve user performance or experience. Rather adds additional unnecessary steps. Eg hit power button, swipe on screen and then adjust eye. I rather use the current set up where you press the home and it will unlock! Simple one step. Ideally should just unlock with the finger over the FPS. That is true improvement and inovation . No way anyone can say the iris scanner is faster. Why Sammy forcing useless tech for the sake of being different on users. Just adds crap to the user experience. Talk about putting a square block through a round hole… Read more »

kronicle
kronicle

Say what??? Apparently, you’ve never used a Note 7 with it being the only phone available with SRI (Stanford University Research Institute. So you probably watched some lame video of a Hater trying un-sell you on the phone! ……when Verizon was going to push that Kill Switch Update….. I immediately took my Note 7 to Total Wireless with great service using Verizon towers no less! So I am still rocking my Note 7 without so much as the tiniest of problems or issues. I still think my Note 7 kills literally all the competition out to date. Especially on productivity,… Read more »

redgumtv
redgumtv

You need to remember that the Iris scanner only suits people without glasses and is a pain in high light. I had the Note 7. Sure, it can be used sometimes but it is a pain as widely reported. A fingerprint scanner on the back limits its use. Having four separate fingerprints recorded isn’t much use when you have to turn the phone around to log on or use fingerprint initiated apps. I think this will be one of the most limiting factors for the S8 and wouldn’t be surprised to see S8 sales drop significantly as a result. Time… Read more »

kronicle
kronicle

Wrong!!! …….the IoM Iris on the Move Technology for mobiles developed in a Joint Venture partnership between Samsung Techwin and Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) with SERI Division has the only system that can it’s Iris Scanner for Secure Authenticate with or without glasses or contacts. Notice, though…… you can’t use Sunglasses or at least have them on to authenticate your ID. https://www.sri.com/newsroom/press-releases/sarnoff-corporations-iris-move-joins-honeywell-airport-future-exhibit But you will need to set it up with your preferred or normal use access method with just one user input if Note 7 is not updated. If you wear glasses all the time, then on… Read more »

gtone339
gtone339

Save it for the Galaxy S9 instead.

A Sweaty Womble
A Sweaty Womble

I think I agree with a few others… I think that it’s ready, but I feel Samsung might be holding off using it until someone else does first and using them as “testers” if you will… Just to see if it fails or succeeds. If it fails then it’s not Samsung that takes yet another blow however if it works beautifully and a company like Apple uses it then it’ll be the start of another pointless battle of idiots. Apple will claim they invented it, iDiots will believe it, bragging rights go to Apple for actually using it first (this… Read more »

martindale
martindale

Phablet, Curved screen, Stylus, Split screen, Pop up video window – Samsung are not shy about going first. Why do you think they would be any different with this idea?

othmanhu
othmanhu

Good Point!

A Sweaty Womble
A Sweaty Womble

That was not my point. I know Samsung have not been shy in the past about being innovative. They’ve made some industry-changing ideas come to life. However, after the Note7 mishap, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were being cautious about things… After all, they have pushed the release back according to reports and they’ve got some rigorous testing parameters now. After the Note7 being pulled, could you imagine if the new technology had an adverse effect on the Galaxy S8? It would severely cripple Samsung and I don’t think they could possibly recover from that. I’m basing… Read more »

Izek Shteinberg
Izek Shteinberg

Note 8 will have it.
That way not only s-pen will be different between S8 and Note8

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Yeah, I think Apple bought the tech out to use first, that’s why Samsung had the last minute change to the back of the phone. the Note8 will likely be unveiled October and out in November where Apple will be the September unveiling and October release. As brilliant as the new 10th anniversary iPhone is supposed to look, I still cannot get used to their UI and terrible handling of notifications.

mahavir jinjuwadia
mahavir jinjuwadia

Apple run just because of its UX UI in its product. Now maybe s8 bring new experience and look like a future phone.

pedrinho1977
pedrinho1977

Or maybe apple will surprises us with the next iphone and have the fingerprint sensor on the display ready remember a couple years back they bought a company that made the figerprint sensors and has far as i know the are working on this too.Maybe just maybe they have it ready

Ducati916
Ducati916

Don’t need the finger scanner the face scanner will be super fast

Izek Shteinberg
Izek Shteinberg

Iris scan was lightning fast on my Note7

MStuart
MStuart

I’ll wait until the S9 comes out then. Maybe they’ll reconsider and offer a smaller phone by then too.

avinash_jha
avinash_jha

All rubbish !! It’s simply an attempt to hide their cunning trick !! They are holding display Integrated fingerprint optical scanner only for Note 8 si that they have a headline feature to take on iPhone 8 which is supposedly going to bring similar feature. The tech was ready. Synaptic showcased it. Samsung could have used it but NO !! I was so looking forward to upgrade from my S6 Edge but will skip S8. Why throw away INR 70000 on a device which will be obsolete in just 5 months !! Samsung will bring all major features only with… Read more »

DareDevil01
DareDevil01

iPhone (8?) will still have no headphone jack. You make very little sense because if you hold off for the Note 8/iPhone then you’ll be in the same position of it being obsolete in a number of months. The same thing. That’s what happens… Technology will always advance.

stondec
stondec

Hopefully the technology will be perfected for the Note 8