Recent reports from China, which are citing several patents awarded by Samsung, claim that the upcoming Note 9 will be the company’s first smartphone with a fingerprint scanner embedded under the display. It also seems like the sensor will be made by Samsung themselves, instead of another company such as Synaptics. This means that the Korean company will have to invest money and resources into developing this technology, but it will save them money in the long run since they won’t need to pay any additional fees to other companies.
The picture attached to the patent filings is very basic and it doesn’t reveal a lot. The phone in the image is just a reference and is not showing how the Note 9, or any other upcoming handset from Samsung, will look. Reports suggest that the company started to work on this technology since the release of the Galaxy S7 family and then trying to implement the in-screen fingerprint reader into the S8 and the Note 8. The main reason why Samsung couldn’t make it was because they were struggling with manufacturing yield rates, according to multiple sources.
Vivo actually released the first phone ever with an in-display fingerprint scanner at the beginning of this year with the help of Synaptics. The technology, which Vivo put in the X20 Plus UD, worked well and will likely be integrated into more handsets in the near future.
The Note 9 will probably be pretty similar to the S9 and Plus, but the Note version usually has some extra features. This time it will have a fingerprint scanner under the display, and the signature S Pen as always. The release is expected for August or September during this year’s IFA event. What’re your thoughts on the Note 9?