Samsung is reported to have suffered a setback with its Galaxy S9 given that its plans to incorporate an under-screen fingerprint sensor have come to a dead end now.

If that is indeed the scenario with the S8 successor than Samsung will have its work cut out to impress buyers now that Apple has come up with something as revolutionary as the iPhone X. The most striking feature of the iPhone X is undoubtedly the Face ID technology that uses the entire face to authenticate users. Besides, the brilliant display that stretches edge-to-edge has also made the anniversary iPhone the most striking ever.

In fact, the iPhone X seems to have posed a tough challenge to Samsung as, according to The Investor, the company continues to struggle integrating the fingerprint sensor under the front display. There are also rumors of the S9 featuring a 3d facial recognition feature though there is nothing that we can substantiate the claim with at the moment.

Also, while a path breaking front design helped the Galaxy S8 win buyer’s hearts and minds, the same alone isn’t likely to be repeated if Samsung isn’t able to do something different with the biometrics. An under-screen sensor would surely have helped though latest rumors seem to be suggesting otherwise.

The current S8 makes do with a fingerprint sensor that is placed at the rear. Also the placement of the sensor just besides the rear cam has also gone for a lot of criticism as users were often found mistaking the camera for the sensor.

Samsung’s efforts to place the fingerprint sensor underneath the display isn’t anything new though, given that such plans were afoot even when the S8 was in the development stages. With the S8 missing out on that, many has hoped that to debut on the Note 8. With that too proving a dud, there is hope the Note 9 might finally get to see the tech fructify.

Under the circumstances, it will be really interesting to see what the S9 comes with given that there isn’t likely to be a radical design change from the current version. Whether Samsung comes to offer something different like 3d face recognition or continues its reliance on fingerprint tech remains to be seen.