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Maybe the Galaxy S9 will actually have an in-display fingerprint scanner

by Justin Herrick | November 28, 2017November 28, 2017 1:00 pm PST

People were disappointed earlier this year when Samsung relocated the fingerprint scanner for the Galaxy S8 to the back. It’s positioning was too high to reach comfortably and too close to the camera, but the trade-off was having an all-screen front with on-screen navigation buttons. The Galaxy Note 8 was no different; however, Samsung could be providing groundbreaking solution in 2018.

Months ago, Samsung submitted an application for a patent involving an in-display fingerprint scanner. Now the company has just been awarded that patent and can move forward with the proprietary technology. It would allow users to simply interact with their phone’s display as usual and get instant authentication.

Here’s an image from the patent application showing the in-display fingerprint scanner at work:

The fingerprint scanner would be stored beneath the cover glass and above the touch sensor. Displays on mobile devices are on the complex side, but Samsung placing the component high up should give users fast (and accurate) authentication.

The company also plans to implement up to twelve pressure points spread in different areas. Users could even get the flexibility of touching multiple areas on the display rather than just the bottom to have a fingerprint read.

Previous reports suggested the technology wouldn’t be ready for the Galaxy S9. This patent, though, at least increases the odds that we will see Samsung’s 2018 flagship ship with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy S9 is expected to be unveiled in some capacity at CES 2018 in January, and showcasing the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanner for a mobile device would certainly create a ton of buzz.

Although it’s unclear what exactly Samsung will announce in Las Vegas early next year, a full announcement for the Galaxy S9 should come in February or March. And, if the phone doesn’t have an in-display fingerprint scanner, you can look to the Galaxy Note 9 for that.

Hopefully the technology does indeed make its way to Samsung’s upcoming flagship because the fingerprint scanners on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 are in awful spots considering the phones’ tall designs.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...