Samsung is reportedly considering using the under-display fingerprint scanner for the Galaxy Note 9 phablet. The report is coming from Business Insider citing a research note shared by the renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. While the Galaxy Note 8 phablet is only a month old and it is quite early for its successor’s rumors, it is the track record of Kuo which makes the prediction worth consideration.
The research note is said to have mentioned that Samsung has even started to receive samples of the under-display fingerprint scanner technology. There are different major suppliers including Synaptics, BeyondEyes, Samsung LSI, and Egis which are eager to grab the opportunity to become the supplier of the technology if Samsung actually ends up implementing the same.
Among all the contenders, Samsung LSI and BeyondEyes are said to be the front-runners in the competition. This is because both of these suppliers’ technology samples make use of the OLED panel as the light source for the sensor which eventually helps in better battery efficiency. From the user’s point of view, under-display fingerprint scanner would mean they will be able to unlock the Galaxy Note 9 by simply tapping on the particular part of the display.
Samsung was previously rumored to implement the technology with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 but scrapped the idea after it was running out of time. Similarly, Apple was said to be working on adding an under-display fingerprint scanner for the special edition iPhone X but eventually went for the more sophisticated Face ID technology. It will allow users to unlock their iPhone X by simply looking at the selfie camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to get official during the fall of 2018 and while the report does not mention it specifically, it seems unlikely that the Galaxy S9 will feature the same technology.