Galaxy Note 8 Won’t Sport in-dis­play Fin­ger­print Read­er, Note 9 Might


The release date of Samsung’s next flagship device, Galaxy Note 8, is around the corner and the world of tech can not stop talking about it or even the tenth-anniversary edition iPhone 8. One of the main talking points seem to be the in-display fingerprint sensor, but that might not be happening this year.

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Samsung launched its flagship, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, earlier this year and people weren’t impressed by the placement of its fingerprint sensor besides the primary camera on the rear panel.

According to a report from KGI Securities — corroborating with earlier rumours — the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will sport the fingerprint sensor at the same spot on the back.

This report has also quashed rumours about the Galaxy Note 8 coming with the fingerprint sensor embedded inside the display.

The report also claims that the South Korean electronics company will keep the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S9 too, and might finally integrate it in the Galaxy Note 9 which will be released in Q3 next year.

Samsung isn’t the only one facing the issue of placing the fingerprint sensor below the screen, even Apple seems to be finding it hard to do so.

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The in-display fingerprint sensor isn’t the only feature that won’t be seen on the iPhone 8, but according to KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chu Kuo, the company will also do away with the Touch ID on their upcoming iPhone.

The report claims that Apple will be focussing on ‘Face ID’ as means to unlock the next-gen iPhone and will most certainly try to do a better job — more so since Touch ID is speculated to be removed.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm had suggested that it had improved on its in-display fingerprint sensing technology that will be able to scan fingerprint through a display, glass or metal surface and will also be accessible during underwater operations.

The tech for embedding fingerprint reader inside the display is still in its infancy and smartphone manufacturers — especially of Apple and Samsung’s standing — won’t be looking forward to serving their premier clients with half-baked devices.

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