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Samsung Galaxy S9 back will ‘change a lot’, no in-display fingerprint scanner, to be released early

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The new reports came amid speculation that Samsung has now finalized the hardware specifications of the new Galaxy S9 and S9+, for which it began pilot production in October. The mass production will begin in December.

Previously, you would think that the flagship ships will be launched in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress 2018. But recent messages even suggest January 2018. Earlier on, the same sources tipped that all three major phones from Samsung next year – the Galaxy S9, S9+, and the Note 9, will use the same screen sizes as their predecessors, indicating that the Infinity Display design will be here to stay for at least another edition of Samsung’s flagship lines, which makes perfect sense.

But for the past couple years, Samsung has attempted to adopt the in-display fingerprint scanner in its premium smartphone phones but failed to do so due to technical difficulties. As the bezels of the phone become slimmer with a larger display-to-body ratio, Samsung is struggling to find places to install modules and sensors, which were previously located under the bezels.

The choice is notable, as the latest Galaxy S9 rumors point to the flagship not coming with a virtual fingerprint sensor baked into the display. Instead, Samsung is planning a physical sensor in the device, if it bundles a sensor at all.

We have one good and one bad news. The good news is Samsung is expected to keep the headphone jack. The bad news is the Galaxy S9 will “100%” miss out on a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display, which corroborates an earlier report and increases the chance its repositioning will be one of the big changes to the back of the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S9 devices will ship with the same 5.77″ and 6.22″ screen panels of their predecessors. Inside you’ll find a powerful Snapdragon 845 if you live in America or China and the latest Exynos 9 processor in Europe. There is probably 6GB of memory and at least 64GB of storage. The smartphones are hopefully both equipped with a dual main camera like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Then, we have some specific details. Apparently, Samsung is working on a “More secure facial recognition”, which would include 3D sensing tech. This is no doubt in response to Apple’s Face ID — Sammy just needs to add a depth-sensing face scanner to its already stellar iris scanner and it will probably be up to par. Of course, we are yet to find out how good Face ID is in the first place.



Ditching the fingerprint scanner that allows users to authenticate themselves on the screen for the Galaxy S9 does not mean Samsung will give up on the biometric technology. It is anticipated that Samsung will once again try to deploy the technology on the Galaxy Note 9, which will likely be introduced in August next year.

“Samsung won’t get rid of fingerprint sensors in its handsets, as there many services and platforms run based on the technology,” said an industry expert who wished to be unnamed.

Samsung is reportedly working to install the fingerprint sensor under the screen of the Galaxy Note 9, whose development project has been named as “crown.”

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