Galaxy Note 9 to have ‘in-display fingerprint scanner’
09 January 2018 19:28 GMT

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 will have an ‘in-display fingerprint scanner’, according to leaks.

A Chinese analyst has learned from their sources that the Galaxy Note 9 will have the fingerprint sensor embedded under the display.

Twitter user MMDDJ_, who has leaked numerous details of unannounced smartphones on Twitter and Weibo in the past, said in a tweet that Samsung will incorporate the under display fingerprint reader on the Note 9. It means the Galaxy Note 9 owners will be able to unlock their handsets and authenticate payments by placing their finger on the screen. The Galaxy S9 would still have the fingerprint sensor placed on the back panel, below the camera.

There was speculation that the company would add the technology in the Galaxy S8 or Note 8. But it never happened, most likely because Samsung was still facing issues with security, speed, and low yield rates. The Korean company has been working on the feature for years.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also told investors that the Galaxy Note 9 would be Samsung’s first device to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. The analyst has learned from supply chain sources that Egis, BeyondEyes, and Samsung LSI were in the race to supply optical fingerprint sensors for the Note 9. It means the Korean company won’t be using sensors from Qualcomm or Synaptics for the feature.

Kuo believes the optical fingerprint scanner would be a stop-gap solution before Samsung could bring a 3D facial recognition system to take on Apple’s Face ID. Samsung’s flagship phones already feature facial recognition, but it isn’t secure. Ming-Chi Kuo noted that Android vendors including Samsung wouldn’t be able to replicate Face ID’s complex technology for at least 18-24 months. The Galaxy Note 9 would also come with an advanced iris scanner for additional security.