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Galaxy Note 9 said to carry Samsung’s first fingerprint-scanning display

This year’s Galaxy Note 8 upgrade will be one to look forward to, thanks to that stunning Infinity Display and dual rear-facing cameras. But according to a new report, the Galaxy Note 9 will be even more exciting because it will carry Samsung’s first fingerprint-scanning display.

Some rumors have suggested the Galaxy Note 8 would have this feature, which has also been widely reported to be coming to the iPhone 8. However, sources say that manufacturers are having difficulty producing fingerprint-scanning displays in large quantities right now, which means they won’t be popping up in popular flagships anytime soon.

We should probably forget about getting our hands on one this year, then. But according to reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the technology will be making its way into the Galaxy Note 9 next fall. It will be Samsung’s first device with a fingerprint-scanning display, and it’s likely to make its debut in August or September.

It’s thought Samsung could have rushed the technology to make it available in the Galaxy S9 — and it probably would have done that if Apple brought the feature to iPhone this year. But now that we’re almost certain that won’t happen, Samsung has decided to wait.

“Since OLED iPhone has cancelled under-display fingerprint recognition/touch ID function, and as Galaxy S9 will have the new selling points of upgraded iris recognition and dual camera, Samsung has no need to risk adopting under-display optical fingerprint solution in a hurry,” reads Kuo’s note to investors, which was obtained by¬†9to5Google.

Samsung is also expected to adopt an improved touch sensor from Egis for the Galaxy Note 9. It is reportedly four to five times more expensive than the Synaptics sensor it currently uses.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...