Samsung Galaxy S9 may stick to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner – or have none at all

Samsung’s Next Gen Chips Galaxy S9

With only several months before Samsung Galaxy S9 is unveiled, we have heard a lot about the phone already, with one of the most recent developments touching on the aspect of fingerprint scanner placement.

According to the report, which popped up earlier this week, Samsung filed a patent that suggests the fingerprint scanner of the Galaxy S9 will re-take its position at the bottom of the front-facing panel. From the images, the scanner appears to be relatively small and it looks as if it’s part of the display – or right below it in something akin to the iPhone X notch. This further fueled the rumor that the company will unveil the phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, a feature that was expected to come with the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 but didn’t.

Now, in fresh developments, it seems there will be no in-display fingerprint scanner on the new Samsung Galaxy S9. This should be a disappointment for some, especially those like me who were anxious to see how things will work. It also means that the scanner should keep its position at the back of the S9, something that many did not really like about the S8 and Note 8.

The source of the information, Ice Universe, claims that this report is “100% sure” that the Galaxy S9 will not come with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display screen. However, there’s no mention of whether the phone will still have the feature after all. Well, on this aspect, your guess is as good as mine.

It’s possible that Samsung might borrow a thing or two from Apple’s iPhone X. The phone has no Touch ID and instead, it relies on Face ID or rather facial recognition. The Galaxy S8 and Note 8 have an iris scanner and facial recognition. Given that the two phones have given Samsung enough time to perfect the technologies, it’s possible that the Galaxy S9 could rely on the two for biometric authentication and ditch the fingerprint scanner.

After all, it’s not the first time we’ve seen Apple and Samsung copying each other’s technologies. If Apple’s Face ID turns out to be perfect, why not jump on the ship and sail along? Right now, anything is possible, but with Samsung expected to unveil the Galaxy S9 at the MWC 2018, better get ready for more of these leaks, rumors and speculations.

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