The next in the Galaxy Note series, the Note 9 will reportedly feature an optical fingerprint sensor, claimed noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Put in other words, the next Note device will have an under-screen fingerprint sensor, a key feature that was speculated to be part of the existing Note 8 itself but was junked owing to some technical glitches.
Kuo further added that Samsung right now is in the process of zeroing in on the supplier that would provide it with the components that would enable integration of the feature in the flagship device. According to Kuo, two firms – the company subsidiary Samsung LSI and Korea based BeyondEyes have both shipped sample in-screen fingerprint sensor components to Samsung for further evaluation and testing. Chances are that either of these two firms will end up with the contract to supply the advanced sensors, AndroidHeadlines reported.
Egis happens to be another of Samsung’s component supplying partners that has extensive expertise in developing fingerprint sensors. As such, Egis too stands the chance to bag the contract, which might include additional components as well, the report adds.
In fact, the technology is still believed to have a few rough edges, enough to push its implementation in an actual device only after next summer. If that be the case than the Galaxy S9 will have to make do with the conventional fingerprint sensor placed at the rear, something that may not put it in good stead vis-a-vis the iPhone X that comes with a more advanced Face ID facial recognition system.
Samsung meanwhile is also reported to be contemplating something similar or more advanced than Apple’s Face ID on any device beyond Note 9. Till then, it is the in-screen fingerprint sensor that would continue to serve as the primary biometric authenticable method on the flagship Galaxy series. Apple too was believed to have been engaged in developing a similar technology for implementing on the iPhone X but eventually settled for the far more advanced Face ID feature.
As for the screen embedded fingerprint sensor tech, the system envisages the use of an OLED panel that serves the dual purpose of protecting the sensor as well as providing it with the light that the sensor needs for its functioning. This way, Samsung will be saved from arranging an alternate light source, thereby saving on precious battery power besides further enhancing the power efficiency of the device.
Samsung had been working on the screen embedded fingerprint sensor for implementation on the current S8 range and Note 8 device as well. However, the relative inconsistencies in screen brightness in areas around the sensor and elsewhere prompted it to go for conventional rear mounted physical fingerprint sensors instead.
Let’s just hope things take shape well enough in due course of time to see them in action on the Note 9, if not on the S9 series. Samsung meanwhile is also rumored to be readying a foldable Note device for launch sometime next year, which means plenty of action in the year ahead.