The idea of Samsung getting a fingerprint scanner embedded in the display of their next smartphone is becoming a running joke. For the last couple of years, there have been rumors circulating about Samsung’s next flagship shipping with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Then, as we got closer to the release of the device the rumor is squashed and Samsung ends up putting it on the back of the device. It was only a month ago when we reported on a story that claimed the company had dropped plans for an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Note 9 but a new report from the Korea Herald says otherwise.
The trend of shrinking bezels was fueled when Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 with its new design. To accomplish this task the company had to ditch the hardware navigation buttons it held on to for all these years. This allowed the company to go with a software navbar but it left people wondering how Samsung would handle the fingerprint scanner placement. Putting a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device has been a favorite position for many within the community. However, it was around this time when publications started to report on the idea that the Galaxy S8 would be the first smartphone with an optical fingerprint scanner embedded within the display.
In March of last year, it was revealed that this wouldn’t be the case for the Galaxy S8 because Samsung had ran out of time. Since the reasoning behind this was a time limitation it led many to assume the company would have plenty of time to include it in the Galaxy Note 8. However, once again it was revealed that Samsung’s next flagship smartphone would be missing out on this feature but this time the reasoning was due to technical limitations (such as security). These rumors were squashed yet again with the release of the Galaxy S9 and the possibility of it making its way into the Galaxy Note 9 still isn’t clear.
So, while we saw the report last month which said the Galaxy Note 9 wouldn’t have the feature, a new report from the Korea Herald says the opposite. The new report cites “industry sources” and claims it is finally happening this year with Samsung Display preparing “three or four solutions” for Samsung Electronics. The source continued and said, “a final decision on adoption of the technology will be made by this month.” This source could be legit but Samsung’s track record for this feature shows anything could happen that tilts the decision one way or the other.
Source: Korea Herald