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Synaptics’ in-display fingerprint sensor isn’t coming to the Galaxy S9

We already laid out several reasons why Synaptics’ newly announced in-display fingerprint sensor had little chance of making its way into the Galaxy S9, and it looks like it has indeed been confirmed that the new sensor will not be seen on a Samsung phone. Instead, it’s Chinese manufacturer Vivo that will claim the honor of being the first to offer a phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Vivo isn’t a “top five OEM” as Synaptics had put it, according to the latest IDC data. But it comes under the same parent company as Oppo (which ranked fourth in Q3 data by IDC), and we’re guessing Synaptics thought that was enough when they issued their press release.

In-display fingerprint sensor to debut on a Vivo smartphone

Vivo was actually the first phone manufacturer to show everyone a prototype device with an under-display sensor, although the sensor at the time came from Qualcomm. The confirmation that Vivo’s upcoming phone will have the new Synaptics sensor (named Clear ID FS9500) comes from analyst Patrick Moorhead. Writing for Forbes, Moorhead has revealed that he had some hands-on time with the pre-production unit that had a working in-display fingerprint sensor. The phone has a CMOS sensor embedded under the AMOLED display and reads the user’s fingerprint at the lower part of the display. It’s apparently “faster” than expected, and you can see the image of the device at the source link.

Being one of the top Chinese manufacturers, Vivo has been responsible for quite a few achievements, including putting a 500+ ppi display on a smartphone before it became the norm a few years ago. It looks to be the same for fingerprint sensors that reside under a phone’s display, and we’re guessing this is the only proof one needs that the Galaxy S9 isn’t going to be on the receiving end of Synaptics’ new fingerprint sensor. Well, this and all the rumors and leaks that make it certain the fingerprint sensor will be at the back of the S9, albeit in a not-frustrating position.

Anyone disappointed?

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Elyssa Mae
Elyssa Mae

I’m quite thankful, actually. Delaying the manufacturing of in-display fingerprint scanner will result to a more secure and more accurate performance. Not to mention that Samsung was the first one to request such hardware, turning it down for a while is a great decision. Apple, as well, delayed the request. This will result to an exemplary modifications.

Celso09
Celso09

Disappointed.
The Galaxy S9 will basically be like the Galaxy S7: a Galaxy S6 with few improvements.

bobbylechat
bobbylechat

Synaptics or synpatics ?

gtone339
gtone339

Guess the S10 will do!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Extremely disappointed but expected after their second statement saying their partners were Chinese and Japanese. Still think infinity display is the wrong wording because it says Samsung all over it.

Biransahin
Biransahin

With the Note8 in my hand, I won’t be changing until Note10. But the only thing that makes me think there might be a possibility, is that Synaptics themselves said it will come to an “infinity display”. Samsung own the copyright, trademark and patent for the “infinity display”.

matturl
matturl

This is disappointing to hear but I’ll remain hopeful. But I’m positive my S8 will last me until the S10 which should have this in-screen fingerprint sensor, or maybe even a better, second-generation version by then.

djcbs
djcbs

Well, if it’s not on the S9 it’ll just mean I’m skipping it just like the S8.

Rear mounted fingerprint scanners are absolutely out of the question for me.

HossamAlMasri
HossamAlMasri

i keep asking myself why do i still buy Samsung devices ? huawei P11 will be awesome and now vivo .. Samsung doing its best to push their customers away .. i think 2018 will be a NON Samsung year for me