When the Galaxy Note 9 launches next fall, it’ll reportedly feature a fingerprint reader beneath the device’s display. The report comes from noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is typically accurate with his predictions about the mobile market.
If true, the Note 9 will outdo this year’s iPhone X, which was rumored to feature a fingerprint scanner under the device’s display before the feature was ultimately being axed by Apple. As the rumor goes, Apple couldn’t perfect the technology in time for this year’s release, so it opted to rely solely on Face ID.
The news is notable for a few reasons. Not only does it underline the ongoing innovation contest between Apple and Samsung, but it means the awkwardly-placed fingerprint sensor on the Note 8 will die. Instead, users will be able to unlock the device by placing their finger on a specific part of the screen.
Kuo’s report claims Samsung will use this solution until it can match Apple’s Face ID, which the analyst previously said is years ahead of the competition. Apple is reportedly going to gauge reception to Face ID to help inform its decision about whether or not to include an under-the-display fingerprint reader in a future iPhone.
Aside from a fingerprint reader that’s under the display, we can likely expect the Note 9 to include improved guts, a more advanced dual-camera setup, and a more elegant design. Samsung recently launched the Galaxy Note 8, which you can pick up unlocked from Samsung for $950.