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Samsung reportedly invested a lot of money to develop an on-screen fingerprint reader for Galaxy S8

The only frustrating aspect about the design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ seems to be the placement of the fingerprint sensor. There’s a good chance of the rear-facing camera lens getting smudged due to the abnormal placement of the fingerprint sensor, and Samsung knows that. Why did the company choose to place the fingerprint reader right next to the camera sensor then?

A new report from The Investor claims that Samsung poured a lot of money into Synaptics to help them in developing an on-screen fingerprint reader to allow users a larger-than-ever Infinity Display as well as an easier way for them to unlock their phone. However, Synaptics reportedly failed to develop the technology in time for the mass production of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. As a result, Samsung had no option but to relocate the fingerprint reader beside the rear-facing camera.

Samsung poured resources into Synaptics’ fledgling technology last year, but the results were frustrating. With the production imminent, the company had to decide to relocate the fingerprint scanning home button to the back of the device at the last minute,” a source briefed The Investor on the matter on condition of anonymity. An industry insider told the Korean publication that it’s extremely difficult to make transparent sensors and components

Leaked images of a Galaxy S8+ prototype, which we reported yesterday, showed a dual-camera setup and no fingerprint sensor beside it. Moreover, the Exynos 8895 SoC also supports a dual-camera setup. This leads us to believe that Samsung had plans to use a dual rear-facing camera for the S8+, but had to ditch it to fit the fingerprint sensor without affecting the placement of the battery and wireless charging coils.

Apple is reportedly making efforts to make an iPhone with an on-screen fingerprint reader, which would help it in ditching wide bezels. If Apple debuts an iPhone with such a technology, Samsung would be on the back foot. Currently, China’s Goodix and South Korea’s CrucialTec are said to be working on such on-screen fingerprint readers, and they showcased their technologies at MWC, but no time frame was provided for their commercial launch.

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faridra
faridra

Lets hope Galaxy X will have it in Q3 2017 before Note 8 and Iphone 8
otherwise apple will be the first again
Or at least release Note 8 before apple…

ArchAngel99
ArchAngel99

This is nothing. They didn’t have time before the mass production

It will definitely be in the Note 8 that’s for sure

stoertebecker
stoertebecker

Hopefully they implement it on the Note 8

freddyttt
freddyttt

Oh boy…. So why would I shell out almost a grand for sloppy seconds when either the note 8 or so s9+ will have the way better set up. FPS n dual lens

hungpakto
hungpakto

Dual camera isn’t good in low light conditions

NotReallySamsungFan
NotReallySamsungFan

Uhh, explain why you think that. nearly all dual camera systems have software to combine data from both sensors to improve image quality.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

“This leads us to believe that Samsung had plans to use a dual rear-facing camera for the S8+, but had to ditch it to fit the fingerprint sensor without affecting the placement of the battery and wireless charging coils.”
Aaaaah LG G6 has wireless charging and the fingerprint scanner right on the middle of the back under the camera where all other phones have it.
What I mean is that there must be another reason for such dumb decision to place the fingerprint scanner next to the camera.

Reeneman
Reeneman

I´m curious for the Note 8 and the S9 next year. If they increase the battery capacity, further improve the camera and integrate the fingerprint sensor into the display, we will see some fantastic phones.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Don’t Apple use Synaptics too? The Note8 is likely to come after the iPhone releases this year so they’ll appear to be behind them and once again, the whole “copying Apple” will come back again. Just a shame they didn’t get it for the S8s

strazzi
strazzi

Sad but true. :/

HomerS66
HomerS66

My guess it will be ready in time for the Note 8 to compete with the iphone 8.

Devonish
Devonish

Now how to use fingerpriny reader during navigation (google maps etc.)?

Miikhail
Miikhail

Did you forget about the iris scanner?

phillyundead
phillyundead

Why would anyone use the iris scanner while driving? That’s dangerous man.

Alexander William
Alexander William

Why would anyone use their smartphone while driving? That’s dangerous man.