It looks as if the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 may not sport a fingerprint reader underneath the screen after all.
According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider), who previously speculated himself that the phone would have the sensor, Samsung is postponing the feature due to technical difficulties.
An embedded fingerprint scanner that reads your prints through the display has been rumored to come to Samsung's Galaxy phones for awhile. In December 2016,that the would have it (instead, it featured a fingerprint sensor on the back). for the , but that phone ended up having a scanner on the back, too. Now that the current flagship phone sports the same design, we're continuing to wait for Samsung to adopt the new tech.
The KGI analysis reported that Samsung may be skipping this feature for the Note 9 because current ultrasonic and optical sensing solutions do not "meet Samsung's technical requirements." 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.
Currently, we've seen only one phone with an under-display fingerprint reader. Known as the, the phone also allows two fingerprints to be read at the same time for extra security. Vivo unveiled the Apex at as a concept phone, but it was reported on Thursday that it will .
If Kuo's prediction about the Galaxy Note 9 is true, it 'll mean that Samsung will have to find another way to differentiate the Note 9 from the Galaxy S9. CNET's Jessica Dolcourtthat the Note 9 could still beat the Galaxy S9. Perhaps we'll see one of these ideas come to fruition.
Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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