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Samsung’s rear fingerprint sensor will be back for a third round next year, says analyst

When will Samsung switch to an under-display (or in-screen) fingerprint sensor? Nobody knows, and the last we heard, Samsung was having trouble achieving uniform brightness across the display while testing an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The Galaxy Note 8 will stick with the oddly placed rear fingerprint sensor next to the camera, and according to 9to5Google, KGI Ming-Chi Kuo analyst believes it will be the same for the Galaxy S9 as well.

The KGI report is no longer available, but the oft-accurate analyst believes Samsung has no reason to rush putting a phone with an under-display fingerprint sensor on the market with the Galaxy S9, as Apple won’t be using the technology for the iPhone 8. Kuo also thinks the S9 will have an upgraded iris scanner and an improved dual camera setup, which will be enough to attract consumers, letting Samsung keep the under-display fingerprint sensor as a highlight for the Galaxy Note 9 (or whatever the 2018 Galaxy Note flagship will be called).

Considering this is just a prediction, there is no telling when Samsung will get rid of its poorly placed rear fingerprint sensor. Hopefully, the Galaxy S9 will have the fingerprint sensor below the camera, so that it’s easier to reach. There’s no guarantee, however, and the Korean giant might just tout the S9’s high number of security features, like it did with the Galaxy S8, to address complaints about the fingerprint sensor’s placement.

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ijazali
ijazali

Tired of flagship gimmicks. No real innovation. Price keep going up.

eHoolie
eHoolie

If that’s the case, then it will be yet another year I wont buy Samsung.

maccyb
maccyb

I think the days of the fingerprint scanner are numbered. It will become obsolete as there are huge improvements coming in both facial recognition and already iris scanning is more secure than fingerprint for making payments or banking. There will be no need for embedded scanners.

Shimy
Shimy

I don’t think that people care that much that it’s on the back. The issue is with the location they choose for it on the back. Not only is it uncomfortable but also assumes that everyone use their right hand to hold the phone.

If it was lower and in the middle I don’t think people would care so much. Samsung just probably doesn’t want it’s phones to look like LG’s, Google’s…

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Samsung need to do things right, and be ahead of the competition with (6GB RAM and) in-display FPS. They shouldn’t have to wait for the competition, they need to BE the competition. Though they are already beating everyone in the design and display category they shouldn’t stop there.

focr06
focr06

I give up with Samsung now… I was going to te get the note 8… But I already hate the placement of the FPR on my S8+, why go for it again. Don’t know if to wait till next year or get another phone in the fall. I just sick of it failing so much at unlocking my phone ?

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

I was holding off for the Note9 anyways. The 2nd gen of Samsung’s new designs are always good. For example, the S6 edge vs. the S7 edge. The same will be true with the all new Note8 design and then the Note9.