Galaxy S9 In-Display Fingerprint Sensor Confirmed? Synaptics Teases Invention For Samsung


It is a milestone achievement by the company as it will allow full screen design phones to feature the fingerprint sensor underneath the touchscreen display. While multiple reports suggest that Galaxy S9 series smartphones could be the first devices to get the technology, a report in South Korean site The Investor claims that Samsung will not include an optical fingerprint scanner under the screen of the Galaxy S9. First up, we have word from Synaptics which has just revealed a new fingerprint scanner design, the much-coveted "In-Display" design that many phone makers have tried and failed to implement within the a year ago and a bit.

An example Clear ID FS9500 scanner. Does the idea of under-screen fingerprint sensors appeal to you? The company, in a press staement said that new Clear ID FS9500 optical in-display fingerprint sensor is undergoing mass production with a "top five OEM". It's said to work when a user's finger is wet or cold and is apparently twice as fast as 3D facial recognition systems like Apple's Face ID.

The human interface wizards at Synaptics seem poised to make that combination possible in some of the wide range of "infinity display" Android flagship phones set to arrive in the near future. The module is protected by glass, so users can expect it to be durable, waterproof and scratchproof. This was the next level of user authentication after Touch ID using fingerprints. When activated, it uses the panel to illuminate the fingerprint and then processes the beams of light. In the past, similar technologies including ultrasonic fingerprint recognition have been demoed at CES.

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The fingerprint technology only works with so-called Infinity displays, which is the fancy name used to describe the new bezel-free, curved displays seen on Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

But diehard Samsung followers SamMobile reckon this won't be the case, noting how many other rumours point towards the Galaxy S9 having a fingerprint scanner on the rear like the Galaxy S8 and that Samsung has not appeared ready to abandon the critically-acclaimed design it established with the Galaxy S8.