Galaxy S9 Mass Production Begins in December as Company Kills Plans for Under Display Fingerprint Scanner

by Anvinraj Valiyathara 2

According to a South Korean publication, Samsung has aborted its plans for embedding the fingerprint scanner under the display of the Galaxy S9. This news report has surfaced amid rumors that the company has finalized on the specs of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

It appears that the upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagship phones will be featuring rear-mounted fingerprint readers like the predecessor models. However, a recent report had revealed that Samsung may re-position the placement of the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S9 duo in order to prevent users from accidentally smudging the rumored dual camera lens.

The publication claims that the pilot production of Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ began in the previous month. And, now that the company has finalized on the specification of both the phones, their mass production will begin in December.

Samsung Galaxy S9 render_

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Since the past few years, Samsung has been trying to embed the fingerprint scanner under the display of its premium smartphones. However, because of technical issues that it has been facing, the company has failed at introducing this feature on its smartphones. As the screen-to-body ratio on newer phones have been consistently increasing, the South Korean firm is struggling at finding places to embed the fingerprint sensors which were previously placed beneath the bezels.

Even though the Galaxy S9 duo may not be arriving with in-display fingerprint readers, it does not mean that the company will stop working on this technology. Apple’s iPhone X does not feature Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the 2018 iPhones are speculated to only include Face ID scanners. In other words, the iPhones arriving in 2018 may not feature Touch ID sensors. However, Samsung won’t be eliminating fingerprint readers from its smartphones because there are multiple services and platforms that depend on this technology.

It is speculated that the company will again try to make this technology available on the Galaxy Note 8 that is speculated to debut in August 2018. Fresh information suggests that the pilot production of the Galaxy Note 9 that is codenamed as “Crown” will begin in the first quarter of next year. It is expected to retain 6.3-inch Infinity Display from its predecessor phone and it is speculated to be fueled by Snapdragon 845 chipset.




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