After launching the Galaxy S9 series last month at Mobile World Congress 2018, the next flagship device from Samsung will be the next-gen Note series phone, which is expected to be called the Galaxy Note 9. While earlier reports suggested that it could pack under-display fingerprint sensor, that no longer seems to be the case.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, South Korean tech giant Samsung is unlikely to introduce under display fingerprint sensor in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. The reason being cited is that the ultrasonic and optical solutions don’t meet the company’s standards of employing a biometric technology.
In a note to investors, Ming-Chi Kuo said, “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).”
He further casts doubts over the technology’s commercialization because of the supposed cancellation of Samsung’s under-display solution. He adds that he does not expect to see the mass market adoption of the technology until the first half of 2019. Several experts say that the newly introduced in-screen fingerprint sensors have poor accuracy and durability compared to the traditional ones.
Even Apple was reported to be working on some kind of under display fingerprint sensor technology for the iPhone X, but the company nixed those attempts and instead chose to move forward with the Face ID after seeing its potential.
Now, instead of the under display fingerprint sensor, the upcoming flagship smartphone from Samsung under its Note-series is expected to feature the traditional fingerprint sensor on the back panel, just below the camera module — similar to what we saw on the recently launched Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
The phone is also expected to have some kind of facial recognition feature along with artificial intelligence. While no information is available about the upcoming phone, it is expected to have a full-screen display and a dual camera setup at the back.
While Samsung is not opting for the under display fingerprint reader as of now, China-based Vivo has already launched a phone with this technology. Dubbed as Vivo X20 Plus UD, the phone went on sale in China last month.
Recently, Vivo launched its latest smartphone — Vivo Apex, which was unveiled at Mobile World Congress. Unlike the under-display fingerprint sensor on the Vivo X20 Plus UD, the half part of the display of the Vivo APEX is integrated with the in-screen fingerprint reader.