A new patent filed by Samsung suggests that the 2018 Galaxy S9 and S9+ could go back to using a front-facing fingerprint scanner.
Since the release of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, the South Korean tech giant has had to deal with a lot of criticism from the huge fan base across the globe. Many didn’t like the new position of the fingerprint scanner, especially on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and it appears that the company is working on a better solution.
Samsung turned to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner due to the design changes it had in plan. At some point, though, it was thought the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 would debut with an in-display fingerprint scanner, but this did not materialize. Well, looking at the latest development, Samsung is working on something close to that, only that it looks like iPhone X notch or perhaps the recess on the Essential Phone.
The patent has been filed with KIPRIS, the country’s trademarking organization and if the information is accurate, Samsung will have future phones – not necessarily the Galaxy S9 and S9+ – with a notch or small recess into the bottom of the display screen. This notch will house a small, super-fast fingerprint scanner, but the design of the display screen should remain unchanged.
For years, Samsung has never had a phone without a physical home button. This year, things changed and even though the result was much better-looking phones, Samsung seems to be more inclined towards finding a solution that keeps its ideals. Whether this fingerprint scanner will have more functionality is still unknown, but at least we know Samsung was listening all along.
Make no mistake, though, because companies file patents all the time and sometimes they materialize and on other occasions, nothing comes up. The latest patent by Samsung could be either of these two cases, so don’t be too excited.
Would you like to see a front-facing fingerprint scanner return to the Galaxy S9 and S9+?