Galaxy Note 9 expected to miss out on in-display fingerprint scanner

The Synaptics Clear ID in-display optical fingerprint sensor.

  • The Galaxy Note 9 won’t feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, according to a recent report.
  • The innovative technology had been tipped to appear on several previous Samsung smartphones.
  • Vivo’s X20 Plus UD is set to be the only phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor for the foreseeable future.

It seems like it has been years now that Samsung (and other brands) have been promising to put a fingerprint sensor under smartphone displays. The rumors first started with the Galaxy S8, before being pushed back to the Galaxy Note 8, the Galaxy S9, and the Galaxy Note 9.

However, the feature has never materialized, leaving users with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.

Unsurprisingly, a new report about the Galaxy Note 9 suggests that Samsung won’t include an in-display fingerprint sensor in the upcoming phone. Instead, Korean site The Bell suggests that the fingerprint sensor will be placed at the back of the device. The source says that despite a number of different companies developing the feature for two years now, technical difficulties have once again led to its delay.

The article says that production of the display for the Note 9 is set to start in June and even if Samsung delay the development schedule as much as possible, they will be unable to apply the new technology in only four months.

This means that for the foreseeable future, the only phone likely to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner will be the Vivo X20 Plus UD. This phone uses an in-display fingerprint sensor developed by Synaptics. The phone hasn’t been released yet but we noted in our hands-on review of a sample model that unlocking the phone worked as expected, although it was a little slower than existing solid-state sensors.

Of course, the problem is that Vivo doesn’t have the same distribution as Samsung and the phone is currently only set for release in China. When the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on such a device remains to be seen.

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