When Samsung’s Galaxy S8 came out last year, the world of technology assumed that the virtual home button could pave the way to an in-display fingerprint sensor embedded in the Galaxy Note 8. However, the Galaxy S9 is out in the wild, still not featuring the in-display fingerprint scanner. While all eyes are now on the Galaxy Note 9 due to be launched later this year, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has hinted that the Note 9 will also skip the technology, making it clear Samsung could be relying on advanced software-based facial recognition system and iris scanners.
“According to our understanding of the technologies, under-display fingerprint solutions may currently have many technical issues (e.g. screen protectors and different environments affecting recognition rates and power-consumption),” states Kuo in a note to AppleInsider.
While Qualcomm and Synaptics have come up with the in-display fingerprint technology, it’s still not up to the mark for use in flagship premium smartphones from Samsung. Vivo will be bringing the technology to masses in an upcoming smartphone catering to the budget segment, followed by several other Android OEMs catering to affordable segments. Even Apple was expected to debut the technology last year with its flagship iPhone X, but instead chose to ditch their TouchID in favour of FaceID.
The fingerprint sensor took its own sweet time to be good enough for being used widely after its mass debut with 2013’s iPhone 5S. The in-display sensor uses optical technology and is presently in an infancy stage. Therefore, if Samsung plans to implement the optical fingerprint technology, it could do it with the Galaxy S10. However, going with the market trend, Samsung could be looking to improve its face unlock feature to give tough competition to Apple’s FaceID enabled iPhones.