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Galaxy S9+ fingerprint sensor placement may be too low for some

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are finally here, and with them come newly positioned fingerprint sensors. This was one of the most complained about design flaws on the 2017 flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. My explanation for the reasoning behind the exorbitant amount of complaints stems from the fact that the majority of the world has small hands. Therefore, the sensor placement to the right of the camera was just a bit out of reach for most. Well, Samsung took that to heart and made the highly sought-after change. The fingerprint sensor now resides below the camera on both the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, but even that may be an issue for some folks.

Galaxy S9+ fingerprint sensor placement can’t please everyone

Alongside the aggravation behind the Bixby button for most users, the placement of the fingerprint sensor was most definitely quite high on the list of complaints. With Samsung a company that keeps its ear to the streets and makes changes accordingly, we have a differently placed sensor on the new flagships. But, for those with larger hands, like myself, it is now a hassle as the sensor is a tad too low. This is especially an issue on the S9+. The dual rear camera means the fingerprint sensor is placed lower on the body on the S9+ compared to the S9. Yes, the Galaxy S9 is shorter and should technically have the same problem, but since the S9+ is heavier, one tends to grip it higher up, which compounds the issue.

I had no issues at all with the placement of the sensor on the 2017 flagships; my finger rested right on the scanner. Others got used to it after a while. The previous placement appeased larger-handed folks, though, whereas this year it is kind of a middle ground for everyone. All in all, it is a solid move from Samsung considering the fact that the majority of the world has small to medium-sized hands.

Placement aside, the new sensor has seen other improvements as well. If you recall in years past, the registration of one’s fingerprint initially called for repeated vertical swipes. Then, it called for repeated soft touches on the sensor until reaching 100 percent. Well, now, a fingerprint can be registered in three vertical swipes or less. Executing the action slow enough enables the propensity to complete registration in one fell swoop.

Taking the whole device into consideration, we’re quite pleased with them both. The camera is excellent, the display is amazing, and the speakers are a major upgrade, and we will lay out our thoughts in detail in our Galaxy S9 review. For now, if you’ve managed to play around with the S9 or S9+, let us know in the comments whether or not the fingerprint sensor this year is in the right place for you.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S9 hands-on

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bakuri
bakuri

Bend the f finger!

chippyuk
chippyuk

Agree with most here! There were very few ‘users’ moaning about the placement before (it took me about 5 minutes to get used to it on the S8+ and Note 8). Most of the shouting was done by tech sites and reviews where they never really used the devices in the real world. However even after a few days with the S9+ I am still catching the camera lens. They should have left it alone IMHO!

tester5224
tester5224

I have S8 and fingertip placement was perfect for both hands.
I fear Samsung “hearing the street” is not really hearing it customers, but hearing all the trolls who never really used one for more then few days

Ruzaik42
Ruzaik42

Samsung never changes.they not listen to the customers.they give what they like. If Placing fingerprint under the camera possible to s9 why not possible s8.they upgrade s8 to oreo after s9 is lunched.only thing attracts consumers is the display.i am using s8 for 8 months this my opinion.

rcsiccion
rcsiccion

By far the useless article in sammobile

nfox25
nfox25

omg again some unhappy analitycs, same story for S8, to low to high, to fat to thin, just get used to it and all be fine. Im using mine S8 without any phone cases and always get to fingerprint in one touch after using it two weeks, as im said just need to get used to.

gyxter
gyxter

Too many smart phones but only a few smart users 😀

Dom1n8tr1x
Dom1n8tr1x

I have small hands and I don’t have and issue with the placement of the fingerprint scanner on the Note8. “Some” people will complain about everything…

bgpuccia2987
bgpuccia2987

First it was the S8’s fingerprint sensor, “oh but if you get the S8+ say goodbye to the fingerprint sensor, that sh*t is 5 km away from your hand, bro”. I happen to own the S8+ and after a few days, you get used to its location. I unblock my phone with fingerprint just as naturally as I would take a breathe of air. Now the S9’s sensor it too low for those who complained on the s8’s being too high. What’s next? Complain because you can’t transfer your crap to your toilet via bluetooth? GAFL.

mobilephil
mobilephil

Seems to me that what ever samsung does to try an please you lot you’re never happy . Oh I’ve got an idea got to apple and see what notice they take of you .

Martin R.
Martin R.

So in your opinion, we can’t share our findings and criticise things here.
If it were me alone, I would never let this article have been written.
It is just what I said more people of our crew noticed this.

Mario387
Mario387

It’s more about the tone you set from the beginning. Title should have been along the line of: Our first experience with the fingerprint scanner. Also in an opinion piece talk about your own experience, how you look at it, don’t pull in other large groups and say they experience it the same like you now. I have large hands so for everybody with large hands it’s a hassle now. The tone one sets will determine the response. What I’m missing: later when the S9 is in wide circulation to get back to it, involve the readers, what’s your experience.… Read more »

BarackObama
BarackObama

I think that position of fingerprint reader isn’t really my issue. Bigger problem is the “pill” shape of it. Especially with case it forces me to use my finger in certain angle. This is form over function.

Why not to just use bigger round shaped fingerprint scanner like other manufacturers and the problem gets solved.

gtone339
gtone339

Still prefer Samsung to bring back the front fingerprint scanner for the Note 9 & S10.

gyxter
gyxter

are these users unable to bend their fingers?

Martin R.
Martin R.

Sure we can. Only Samsung’s fingerprint reader is hard to find because it is almost indistinguishable from the camera’s.

gyxter
gyxter

oh my gah! it’s already placed at the bottom most. When reaching for the fingerprint sensor why not start at bottom???

Martin R.
Martin R.

You will notice it when you will get the phone…

Martin R.
Martin R.

“And while the fingerprint scanner location is leagues better than it was on last year’s phones, I still don’t find myself a fan of it on the S9+. The cutout for the scanner is very shallow, and the glossy surface of the scanner area still feels exactly like the lens cover glass over the camera module, making it hard to feel out”

This comes from the review from Android Police

Like you see we are not alone in this.

JonasNJ
JonasNJ

I have tried the new phone and for the s8+ it a was a very long reach but possible.
Note 8 is impossible for me.

But the new s9+ is almost perfect. It is like 0.3-0.5cm below where my finger naturelly hits

gregwangsa
gregwangsa

People nowadays just don’t know what they want anymore.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I prefer the fingerprint sensor on the front but the fps placement at the back on Note 8 is fine for me, I actually prefer it there than below the camera and I don’t have either big or small hands. My finger tip rests right on top of it. However I wouldn’t be happy if it were like in the S8/S8+ and only because it’s too close to the camera not because of the high up position like some people are claiming. I’m not sure I’d be happy if I were left handed but apparently some left handed people are… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

Why the constant complaints from Sammobile? I cannot understand it. I got an S9 plus case delivered for my wife today, she pre-ordered the phone, and the fingerprint scanner placement is perfect. This site seems to be constantly looking for something to complain about.

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

I got my case too, and really fps placement seems be better now.

Martin R.
Martin R.

Like we said, it is way better than it was. Only for me personally not perfect. The S9, on the other hand, is perfect.

Martin R.
Martin R.

With a case on it I do not have any issues as well… Wait till you have the phone…

kim j.w
kim j.w

wow..never stop complaining..goooood job..!!

van_1104
van_1104

Soooooo many complaints

AH76
AH76

Jesus Christ, when it was beside the lens it was too high, below the lens is too low. Great idea, put the fingerprint sensor over the lens, problem solved.

Ray Hahn Jr.
Ray Hahn Jr.

I have smallish hands and the fingerprint on my s8+ is just right. Being down too low you gotta curl your fingers or hold the phone at the bottom. This is why I actually dont want an indisplay finger print, holding such a large phone and having to maneuver all the way to the bottom isn’t easy (especially if there won’t be any bottom bezels by the time it comes out). Although using your thumb instead of your finger would help out.

tswfootball
tswfootball

Lol I think this is more a case of u getting used to the gs8 replacement and now have to change your habits.

I have large hands, and could manage the gs8+ fine although I would never recommend it for others with smaller hands.

The gs9 is still a bit far up for my taste, but it is in a much more natural position than the gs8

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Haha, not sure that is the issue. My hands are medium sized and I didn’t try to use the S8+ fingerprint sensor because it was simply in the wrong place, but even I agree the S9+ fingerprint is a tad lower. Not an issue for me personally, but I can see how those with large hands will have problems getting used to it, with or without having used the S8 or S8+.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Unfortunately demo units in stores have massive grips attached to them and alarmed to stop theft, so haven’t actually tested it for myself. Like the S8, it’ll take maybe 2 days tops to get used to the new placement.

Martin R.
Martin R.

Of course you will get used to it. No doubt about that. We are just sharing our first experience with the new placement. And like the article says on the S9 it is spot on. On the S9+, well not so much….

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Should have been more specific… I have the S8+ and its easy for me to reach the FPS, what is an issue for me is reaching the top left of the screen with one hand.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Just go to any Samsung store not carriers and you’ll be able to lift it and use it. I might pop in any of the Samsung store in central London (possibly in Oxford street) this weekend and try it just for fun.

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

Maybe the S10 will finally come with the on-display FP sensor. That could be the one to get.

These phones with the sensor on the back… meh.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

I have harsh words to describe how silly this article is but let me keep it civil

Martin R.
Martin R.

And why is that? We just sharing our experience here. And there were many more of our crew noticing this.

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

I didn’t interpret the comment as an attack on Sammobile, it’s more of a commentary on the state of complaints aimed at Samsung.

First people hated having to slide their finger and said the fingerprint reader was bloatware, then people complained about the home button, then people complained it was too high on the Note, and now this article is pointing out it may be too low.

Stop being so good looking, Martin, and relax. Seriously, do people know how ridiculously good-looking you are? I don’t think they do.

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Ssshh, don’t tell him that. He was throwing tantrums all day saying “I’m good-looking, so this fingerprint sensor has to work perfect for me. WHY DOES IT NOT?” and some such. 😛

Biransahin
Biransahin

I agree totally.. They act like that complaining old aunt who’s never happy and always finds something to complain about. It’s very boring and predictable. We never have to wait long before hearing somebody whinging.

Martin R.
Martin R.

Have you used it already? Have you felt the weight of the S9+??