Samsung to include under-display fingerprint sensor in Galaxy Note 9

The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone is likely to include an under-display fingerprint sensor, after Samsung Display prepared three or four possible solutions for Samsung Electronics, industry sources have revealed to The Korea Herald.

The decision on the technology has delayed the final concept of the flagship phone, but a final decision will be made this month, according to the source. The concept for previous versions of the smartphone have been finalized about five months prior to release, according to the Herald. The Note 9 is expected to launch in late August, which another source said is long enough for Samsung Display, which has previously been unable to meet the smartphone-making business’ expectations, to improve the technology sufficiently.

The fingerprint modules on the Note 8 and Galaxy S9 were placed in different locations on the rear of the devices, which restricted the space available for larger batteries.

The Herald notes that Synaptics, which provides under-display sensor for Vivo smartphones, has partnered with Samsung Display in the past.

HIS Markit Director Jusy Hong told an audience at the Korea Display Spring Conference 2018 that Samsung and Huawei are expected to adopt in-display fingerprint authentication instead of following Apple into 3D facial recognition, even though the module could cost more than the $15.20 per unit price of Face ID technology.

Samsung Electronics Co-CEO Koh Dong-jin said last month that the company will release mature technologies when consumers need them, rather than rushing to keep up with Chinese manufacturers.

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