The Samsung Galaxy S9 series will have a regular fingerprint reader and miss out on an on-screen sensor. According to a new report out of China, the Galaxy S9 is not going to have an optical fingerprint sensor. That means it may either be placed at the back like it is now or Samsung might figure out something else entirely.
The latest rumor corresponds to a wide variety of recent reports on the matter, with many sources previously claiming that Samsung is still struggling with making optical fingerprint recognition sensors commercially viable and that it won’t be able to implement them into a mass-produced smartphone before mid-2018 when it’s expected to start producing the Galaxy Note 9 phablet.
The South Korean original equipment manufacturer has been developing optical fingerprint readers for many years now and initially even planned to incorporate them into the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, insiders said earlier this year, adding that the company struggled with yield rates and ended up delaying the technology until the Galaxy Note 8 in early 2017.
The Galaxy S9 is hence likely to feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor like its predecessors, though one recent patent indicated that Samsung is also experimenting with a bottom display cutout that would house such a scanner and possibly make the devices look similar to an inverted Essential PH-1.
The Galaxy S9 is expected to be launched in early 2018 at or around the next iteration of Mobile World Congress which is scheduled to start on February 26th.
Samsung could go down a different route. A recent patent suggested that the Galaxy S9 could have a small recess at the bottom on the front where a fingerprint sensor will be placed.
A 3D sensor-powered facial recognition feature will eliminate the need for the fingerprint sensor altogether, others believe.
There’s no clarity on this as yet therefore, we’re likely going to hear conflicting reports in the months to come. That’s just how it is for flagship devices that are highly anticipated.
100% sure, Galaxy S9 no screen fingerprint recognition
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 26, 2017