Before the Galaxy S8 launched, rumors suggested Samsung would place the fingerprint sensor beneath the display. Of course, that didn’t happen, and it doesn’t sound like the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a fingerprint sensor beneath the display either.
Thanks to new technology introduced by Qualcomm, however, there’s a very good chance the Galaxy S9 will.
Qualcomm on Wednesday introduced Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, which the company describes as next-generation ultrasonic fingerprint solutions that will allow manufacturers to embed fingerprint sensors in everything from metal to glass.
By providing companies with the tools to place a fingerprint sensor below the display, Samsung fans will no longer need to deal with sensors placed right beside the rear-facing camera.
“We are excited to announce Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors because they can be designed to support sleeker, cutting-edge form factors, unique mobile authentication experiences, and enhanced security authentication,” said Seshu Madhavapeddy, vice president of product management at Qualcomm. “This provides OEMs and operators with the ability to offer truly distinct, differentiated devices with added value on truly groundbreaking new devices.”
Qualcomm said its new technology will be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms, which means we’ll likely start seeing exciting new implementations next year.
Apple fans, however, may get a taste as soon as this year. The Cupertino-based company is rumored to include a fingerprint sensor below the display in its iPhone 8, which is said to be available this fall (albeit in very limited numbers).
How manufacturers will utilize Qualcomm’s new technology remains to be seen. But it’s good news for Samsung fans who are frustrated by the rear-facing fingerprint sensor included in the Galaxy S8.