Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 Might Skip Out on an Embedded Fingerprint Reader

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the latest flagship phone announced by the South Korean firm with better display, design and specs.

The company says that the Galaxy S9 available at Microsoft Store is the same phone you can purchase from any online store, and it does not come with applications such as Cortana, Microsoft Launcher, but you can seek Microsoft's engineers help in customizing the phone with their apps. In addition, the information comes from an unlikely, but reliable, source. Vivo is a much smaller company than Samsung with less R&D resources at its disposal; and Samsung's next Note device isn't expected to launch until the second half of this year, offering the company a lot of time to get this technology right. As such, it's "likely" that Samsung will abandon efforts to bring in-display scanning to this year's anticipated Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. However, going with the market trend, Samsung could be looking to improve its face unlock feature to give tough competition to Apple's FaceID enabled iPhones.

In any case, Kuo said that technical issues remain with the feature, including incompatibility with screen protectors and inconsistency on recognition rates and power consumption depending on the environment.

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An embedded fingerprint scanner that reads your prints through the display has been rumored to come to Samsung's Galaxy phones for awhile. Samsung may include the feature in another phone in the future though, possibly on the next Galaxy S phone at the earliest, according to Kuo. The company tried again with the Galaxy Note 8, but failed due to brightness issues on the parts of the screen where the sensors were placed.

It is interesting to note that Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, who had predicted that the 2018 Note will finally pull off the technology, has changed his stance and agrees that even the upcoming handset may not introduce the feature.

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