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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Killed: Report

by Martin Suan / Mar 12, 2018 01:36 PM EDT
Due to technical issues, Samsung decided to cancel featuring in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy Note9.

There might not be an in-display fingerprint sensor in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

This was what KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, said in a note obtained by folks at Mac Rumors.

There were previous reports that said Samsung might have already started testing in-display fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy Note 9. When these rumors made the rounds over the internet, loyal users of the phablet device welcomed the addition because it would not only give a different user experience, it would also set the Note9 apart from the Galaxy S series on its day of unveiling.

Kuo also predicted it before. But it appears there were problems remained unsolved.

Kuo's notes reportedly stated Samsung's in-display fingerprint suppliers, who were believed to be Qualcomm, Samsung LSI, Goodix, Egis, and Synaptics, could not meet certain technical requirements.

Apparently, issues surrounding the use of screen protectors, recognition rates, and power consumption affect the Note9's overall efficiency.

Samsung was reportedly supposed to include the in-display sensors in the recently unveiled Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, but due to similar technical difficulties, the company decided to kill it.

It remains to be seen when the South Korean tech giant is going to completely integrate the in-display fingerprint feature. What Kuo and the rest of the KGI analysts had to say was that the in-display recognition system would remain a killer feature "over the long term," though it would not completely replace the current fingerprint setup.

Fingerprint scanner on the back of a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone
(Photo: Ilya Plekhanov|Wikimedia Commons) Fingerprint scanner on the back of a Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 smartphone

The downside, however, was in terms of the cost. According to KGI Securities, in-display fingerprint sensors are four to five times higher than that of capacitive fingerprint recognition modules. And if this is the case, it would likely affect the Note 9's price tag.

Apple's current flagship device, the iPhone X, has been affected by the cost of smartphone parts. The iPhone X sits at a price tag of $999, which was seen to be the reason why most people were not buying the device.

And Samsung was, in part, blamed for it, as far as reports are concerned. Samsung's OLED smartphone panels cost around $100, which was twice than that of LCDs used in iPhone 8 Plus.

But due to Samsung's capacity to give a steady supply of OLED panels, Apple opted to tap Samsung. Eventually, however, Apple had to cancel some OLED orders because of disappointing iPhone X demands.

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