Samsung’s under-the-screen fingerprint sensor may cause brightness issues

June 19, 2017 - 

Samsung may be experiencing problems related to the integration of optical fingerprint readers into mobile display panels in that they tend to cause brightness imbalance issues, according to an Android Headlines report citing an industry insider.

The rumor comes a couple months after sources from Samsung and industry insiders acknowledged that Samsung’s facial recognition is not ready for mobile payments.

The concept render provided by the source reveals that Samsung may have run into challenges in balancing the brightness of its mobile display panels with embedded fingerprint sensors.

The display area where the scanner is located is supposedly too bright, however, it is uncertain whether the problem is as serious as the issue detailed in the concept render.

There is also a lack of comprehensive information about how frequently this issue occurs. The report speculates that Samsung is having issues with yield rates and has already created working prototypes of in-screen fingerprint scanners in which the brightness is perfectly balanced.

Samsung recently revealed that it would not be including an optical fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy Note 8 because of unspecified implementation issues. This latest rumor may be the reason behind that move.

However, other alleged renders of the device surfaced online earlier this year, implying that the Galaxy Note 8 will feature an in-screen sensor.

This directly contradicts credible sources that state that Samsung won’t be commercializing the advanced technology until spring 2018 when it is expected to release the Galaxy S9 series.

Meanwhile, reports on the roll out schedule of the Galaxy Note 8 are inconsistent, with some industry insiders stating that the device will be unveiled in mid-August and others claiming it won’t happen until early September at IFA Berlin 2017.

Details about the Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung’s other hardware are expected to surface in the coming weeks.

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