Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst, is primarily recognized for the information he provides to investors about Apple, but his sources are also familiar with the plans of other players in the smartphone market. A new Samsung report says that neither the next device of the company, Galaxy Note9, to be unveiled in autumn this year, will benefit from a fingerprint sensor in the display.
Already there is a Vivo smartphone that offers a fingerprint sensor in the display and everyone expects the top phones to be launched in the second half of 2018 to come equipped with it. It was probably too late for Samsung to integrate the technology developed by Synaptics into the new Galaxy S9, but up to Note9 is enough time. It seems, however, that the Note series will continue the tradition of the past few years, improving the design and functions of the S series, without adding anything truly revolutionary.
According to Kuo, the reason Samsung (and perhaps Apple) refuses to integrate fingerprint sensors into the display is security, something the components available at this time can not ensure. It seems that compared to traditional fingerprint sensors, those that can be integrated into the display (whether based on ultrasound technology or optical technology) are not as efficient and can not provide security for use in institutional state or military.
Practically, according to information on unofficial channels available at this time, Galaxy Note9 will not add completely new features or hardware components different from those on the Galaxy S9 and S9 +. Of course, the larger screen and the S-Pen stylus will be advantages that Note series fans will want, even if the chipset and cameras may be the same as those on today's smartphones that are about to reach very soon in stores.