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This could be why the Galaxy Note 8 won’t ship with an optical fingerprint reader

by Josh Levenson | June 19, 2017

Recent reports suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 won’t ship with an optical fingerprint reader, and now we might know why.

If an image that was uploaded to Weibo is anything to go by, Samsung encountered a major problem when attempting to embed the sensor in the Galaxy Note 8’s Infinity Display: the area containing the reader was brighter than the rest of the screen.

Obviously, the firm can’t ship the handset with a faulty panel and with the manufacturing deadline rapidly approaching, it was reportedly forced to scrap the technology in favor of the rear-facing fingerprint reader that’s on board the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

In an attempt to cover up its failure, however, Samsung issued a statement claiming that it “made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not […] due to various technical limitations, such as security.”

Didn’t your mother teach you not to tell porkies, Samsung?

Check out our Galaxy Note 8 concept renders below that imagine the device both with and without a fingerprint reader on the back.

Weibo Phone Arena

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Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...