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[Poll Results!] Is Samsung placing the fingerprint sensor so high on its phones on purpose?

As a loyal Samsung fan, I have a problem with the company’s flagship phones. That’s the placement of the fingerprint sensor. I don’t have big hands, and I can’t reach the fingerprint sensor easily on the Galaxy Note 9. I have the same problem with the Galaxy S9+ and even more so with the Galaxy S8+. The regular Galaxy S9 is fine in this regard, but overall, Samsung is placing the fingerprint sensor a little too high compared to other manufacturers like Google, Huawei, and others.

A ploy to make the Galaxy S10’s in-display sensor fingerprint stand out?

The funny thing is I think Samsung is now doing it on purpose. Someone at the company probably went “If we continue placing the fingerprint sensor so high, buyers will continue to complain, and then we can just release the Galaxy S10 with an in-display fingerprint sensor and act like we solved all their problems.” Samsung did the same at the Galaxy S9 announcement, mentioning consumer feedback as the reason for why the sensor was moved below the cameras. I can already imagine DJ Koh at the Galaxy S10 announcement, telling us how Samsung listed to its customers and highlighting the in-display fingerprint sensor.

And I have to be honest: I can’t wait for the Galaxy S10 for the very same reason. Samsung rocks and brings us awesome hardware every year, and the software continues to improve as well. But the position of the fingerprint sensor on its flagships is just weird. Even its budget and mid-range phones have the same issue. The sensor should be closer to the middle of the device like the competition has it, with the Samsung logo placed higher up.

But Samsung probably doesn’t care anymore, not with the Galaxy S10 around the corner. And I can say for sure that if the Galaxy S10 has the fingerprint sensor under the display (which is becoming more and more certain with every new rumor), I’ll place a pre-order the moment I get the chance.

Results: As expected, a majority of voters are eagerly waiting for in-display fingerprint sensors, which are expected to debut next year with the Galaxy S10. 22 percent voters believe the placement is fine now, while 16 percent have just gotten used to dealing with the not-so-ideal location. 15 percent say they preferred front-facing sensors and 6 percent voters think it’s bad and is hard to reach. 4 percent, meanwhile, say they don’t use the fingerprint sensor anymore, which is perhaps the best solution, especially with features such as face unlock and iris recognition available on Galaxy phones these days.

Do you agree with the fingerprint sensor placement on Samsung's modern phones?

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Thade780
Thade780

The one on my Note 8 is fine for me. Once you know where it is, you never miss it.

May not apply to people with small hands.

psicolizzard
psicolizzard

This novel again! Is this a kind of obsession? How can you survive if a simple digital reader bothers you so much? I hope the s10 has a fingerprint sensor the exact size of your finger. People have grown tired of these fingerprint complaints.

chippyuk
chippyuk

Seriously?!? Come on, do you really think they are doing this on purpose for the reasons your state!!! I have the S8+, Note 8, S9+ and not had a single issue in accessing the sensor at all on any of the devices. Just a few minutes of practice is all that I needed and I have pretty small hands. Personally, I actually prefer the placement of the sensors to that of them being lower down. Also did you consider that placing it lower down could effect wireless charging? People will always find something to moan about and my bet that… Read more »

40tman
40tman

note8 has the best fingerprint placement.. side and perfect for my hands i can reach it easily

Tokher
Tokher

With front facing sensor i have no need to pick up my mobile to see notifications. I can check notifications by phone lying.

alienmaan
alienmaan

It already costs almost the same or 70% price of a new phone to replace the screen. I wonder how will it cost when the finger print sensor will come with the screen.

Galaxy Notice
Galaxy Notice

I don’t want the senor in the screen because now every time you unlock it there will be a big fingerprint mark on the front of your screen. I just prefer it on the back honestly to keep my screen cleaner.

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

Maybe you should wash your hands more often…

aarozone
aarozone

Lol this must be the dumbest comment ever! How do you use the touch screen on your phone? Wearing gloves?

krakajap
krakajap

I think you might just be overthinking this a little. Maybe you’re right, I don’t know but either way having it in screen will be awesome and I think most people will prefer that regardless of Samsung’s claims to be “listening” to consumers. I mean, haven’t people been clamoring for this tech anyway? So they wouldn’t really be wrong in saying that. And I don’t see that it would help sales any more.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I now have the Note9 . Was one of 10 lucky people to get one early in Turkey! Anyway, it is a beast of a a phone and battery life is as phenomenal as one might expect. The fingerprint placement is perfect for me, and I don’t have huge hands. Of course anyone with tiny hands will probably find it difficult but if it was lower down, those with longer fingers would then find it difficult . Can’t please everyone I suppose. To be honest I don’t use it so often anyway as I use my Gear S3 to keep… Read more »

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Wow, and I’m desperately waiting for our review unit. Reaching me on the weekend!

Biransahin
Biransahin

You are going to love it! 👍👍👍

Biransahin
Biransahin

Oh, just remember it is on pre-release software still and Bixby 2 isn’t fully installed yet. 👍

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Yep, but Samsung’s moving fast these days. No specific event in India this time, they’re just directly sending over the review units, which is great.

NOTESAMX
NOTESAMX

Hi Biransahin, you have the note recording calls or the applications work for it, it is important for me to know this. Thank you!!

Biransahin
Biransahin

I don’t understand your question.

Peterv1
Peterv1

After 14 months with the S8+ I’m pretty much used to the the finger print scanner location but I’m definitely looking forward or hoping the S10 will have it inbedded within the display since it’s a bit more convenient to use it with your thumb and not have to pick it up to unlock

djcbs
djcbs

I want the front placed fingerprint scanner back.
In fact, I’m considering leaving the S9 and going back to the S7 precisely because of it. I’m just waiting out a bit to see more leaks of the S10.
If Samsung skips the front in display fps again, then I’ll go back to the S7.

locarno
locarno

I’m still using S7 edge and waiting for S10 with in-display fps.

tiljes
tiljes

Using NoteFE precisely because of FPS position. Will never buy a phone with rear FPS.

locarno
locarno

Note FE is good but it is impossible that buy it now.

GS7edge
GS7edge

Been using the s7 edge since the note 7 recalls and I felt comfortable with front FPS. The note 8 back FPS was horrible for me and I’ll keep using the s7 edge until samsung places the FPS under the screen