Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may not feature under-display fingerprint sensor

There’s a lot of hype around Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and while there have been rumors that the upcoming flagship from the South Korean electronics giant could feature an under-display fingerprint sensor, a new note by KGI says otherwise.

Over the last few weeks, a possible under-display fingerprint sensor in Galaxy Note 9 has become a much talked about point on the internet but a new report by KGI Securities has dampened the spirits of many. The report notes that Samsung may not include the under-display fingerprint scanner despite all the rage during the Mobile World Congress and Consumer Electronics Show this year.

The research note was obtained by MacRumors who notes in its own report that Samsung could be facing too many technological issues while working on incorporating the feature.

Various reports in the past, have suggested that the in-screen fingerprint scanner has been a tricky feature to implement for both Apple and Samsung. Samsung has already skipped the feature with this year’s Galaxy S series models.It is interesting to note that Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, who had predicted that the 2018 Note will finally pull off the technology, has changed his stance and agrees that even the upcoming handset may not introduce the feature.

Kuo has explained that it is “likely” that the South Korean giant will remove the under-display fingerprint technology from the Galaxy Note 9 due to “technical difficulties.” Kuo claimed that the ultrasonic sensor by Qualcomm and the optical solution by Synaptics do not meet the technical requirements of Samsung. He also claimed that the feature currently suffers from problems with screen protectors as well as different environments affecting the success rate of the sensor, which could turn out to be Samsung’s reason for removing the technology.

Kuo still believes that Android smartphone manufacturers currently prefer face scanning over under display fingerprint readers. However, despite the issues, KGI is “positive” on the future of the under-display recognition technology and believes that Samsung will be a pioneer of it in OLED panels.

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