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Galaxy Note 9 may not offer this highly anticipated feature

Samsung is believed to have been working on optical fingerprint recognition technology for a few years now but we’ve yet to see the company commercialize an in-display fingerprint sensor. We heard rumors that it was going to do it with the Galaxy S8 last year but that didn’t happen and the Galaxy S9 has maintained the status quo as well. Those pinning their hopes on the Galaxy Note 9 for the in-display fingerprint sensor might be left disappointed this year.

No in-display fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy Note 9

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed in a note to investors that Samsung is likely not going to introduce an in-display fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy Note 9. A similar prediction was made for the Galaxy S9 by KGI in August (which was accurate) but it claimed then that the Galaxy Note 9 would get it.

Kuo is only saying that it’s likely for Samsung to not introduce an in-display fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy Note 9 because of “technological difficulties.” The sensor apparently faces difficulties in functioning properly in different environments and with screen protectors. Since that affects the success rate, Samsung may decide to stick with a conventional fingerprint sensor for its next flagship device.

This prediction leaves some wiggle room with the assumption being that if Samsung is able to sort out the issues in the coming months, it might decide to ship the Galaxy Note 9 with an in-display fingerprint sensor after all. However, there’s no concrete evidence available right now to back up this assumption.

In our detailed opinion about Samsung’s in-display fingerprint sensor conundrum, we mentioned that Samsung has already missed the boat on this technology as manufacturers like Vivo are now shipping smartphones with a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath a display.

However, Samsung has now said that it’s no longer obsessed with being the first in the world to introduce new technologies. It would rather wait and ensure that the technology works perfectly being commercializing it and that’s probably what it’s going to do with the in-display fingerprint sensor as well.

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martindale
martindale

I hate the fps on my Note 4, it basically does not work, and anyway it crashes the OS big style if used with Good Lock, which I love. Be that as it may, what stops me buying a newer Note is the lack of IR blaster, which I use at least once a week at work and occasionally at home. That is not far behind the frequency at which I use the phone functionality! I have also renewed the battery in my Note 4 and realise that is not trivial on the newer devices. A reliable and fancy fps… Read more »

stondec
stondec

I feel your pain. I had to transition from the Note 4 myself. I now use the Note 8 which is a billion times better than the Note 4.
The Note 4 is a worthless device as far as performance goes. It’s definitely the very worst Note I ever owned.

If you get the Note 8,you’ll never look back.

martindale
martindale

Well, here’s the thing: I use my Note 4 for for taking written notes, for sat nav, photos and videos, a handful of apps, listening to radio podcasts, email, web browsing and as an IR controller. It’s the best device I’ve ever owned and its performance has never come up short. I don’t play games, so maybe that is the difference. Crossing things off a shopping list app is not very taxing on the cpu. So do I even need a new device? Honestly, no. But the areas I would like improvement are the camera, and waterproofness – I often… Read more »

Aliwalyd3
Aliwalyd3

YES. IM SO HAPPY THEY ARE KEEPING IT ON THE BACK.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Note 9 won’t be a big change from.the s9+ predictions are 6.3 same screen as the note 8, dual camera, 6gb ram, spen. Only thing new will be a bigger bixby button, dual speaker and higher price.

Will have same processor as s9. Nothing exciting

Shimy
Shimy

To be honest I hoped that the Note9 wont have it. I’d rather have a last generation of a good fingerprint scanner than a first generation of an inscreen fingerprint scanner. the only issue I had with the S8 and Note8 was the location, not that it wasn’t inscreen. Remember the first generation fingerprint scanner with the S5 and Note4? it was ridiculous. You actually had to swipe. Since I’m planning on getting the Note9 I’m glad they’re not launching it. Besides, they’re probably planning on pulling the big guns with the S10. I wont be surprised if that’s when… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

If it’s not ready then don’t rush it . Just bring a feature many even cheap Chinese phones have which is tap to wake so people who prefer fps on the front don’t have to lift it from the table every time we want to unlock it.

Robert Mahoney
Robert Mahoney

I would be happy if Samsung would just focus on making sure their phones get the latest Android build and less on the newest, shiny gadget. Android P is just around the corner and my Note 8 still doesn’t have Oreo.

Also, Bixby is crap. I really tried to use it, but OK Google owns it.

stondec
stondec

I also want faster updates but not as obsessed as most people because Samsung’s software is always years ahead of stock Android.

What does Android Oreo have that the Note 8 software currently lacks?

martindale
martindale

+1 Stondec. People go on and on about “pure” stock Android, whilst bashing Samsung for “bloat”. And guess what, all that “bloat” – two years later it is being praised to the heavens when, eventually, it becomes the latest, greatest, must have it now “pure” feature in “stock” Android. My old original Note had floating video windows and side-by-side apps on the screen. I could texts groups of people. Etc.

Biransahin
Biransahin

Bixby is great. I use it all the time. Nothing beats it for device control though it’s weak at web search, hopefully Bixby 2 will fix it.. I never use Ok Google, I’m not into using something that’s easier to type in, but the way Bixby can get deep into the settings without having to search through a number of screens is brilliant. You do need to put a little bit of effort in as it’s designed for people who have the ability to verbalise more complex tasks, than, “ok Google, what’s the weather like tomorrow.”

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

Oreo provides very little benefit to the Note 8. It’s just a gimmick.

Also, Bixby works very well for me for routine tasks. Tell it I’m in the car or at the gym, it opens certain apps and closes others, and adjusts my settings. You’re just not using it correctly.

gtone339
gtone339

Needs to be on next years models thanks!

Biransahin
Biransahin

Good article but I think that Samsung and other big OEMs (meaning Apple) won’t bother with the embedded fingerprint scanner. I think the technology has missed its opportunity and they’ve moved on to concentrate on the improvement of Face and Iris scanning. The fingerprint scanner will stay on the back, it’s convenient there.

Nine54
Nine54

This. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see the huge push for an embedded scanner. Cool? Sure. But while there could be future uses beyond fingerprint ID, it feels like a lot of technical complexity for only a marginal improvement in utility, if any.

Meanwhile, it seems that advancements in facial or iris recognition are advancing at a faster clip and are able to leverage sensor technology that, for the most part, already exists.

nycundrgrnd
nycundrgrnd

I think waiting for the tech to be “right” is the correct way to go. I remember when the FPS was added to the home button (chasing Apple’s launch) and you had to swipe, it was finicky, not too fast/too slow and you STILL often had to swipe your finger several times for your phone to unlock. As no other major OEM has cracked under display scanner tech, my humble suggestion to Samsung (and others too) is let the kinks be worked out. Until it is flawless and THEN add it.