Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may have a under-display optical fingerprint sensor, the same feature that iPhone X had announced but dropped the idea in the end.
The Note 9 will be released in the mid of 2018 according to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities (known for better understanding the Asian electronics supply chain).
The optical fingerprint sensor means you can actually unlock your phone by placing your finger on the part of the screen. Apple would be the first one to introduce this feature if it hadn’t backed out in the end. But there’s a bunch of other features you can use in iPhone X but the most prominent one is Face ID, a new facial recognition technology that uses 3D sensors.
“There are three companies vying to supply Samsung with the part that would enable an under-display fingerprint sensor, according to the KGI Securities note seen by Business Insider.
Synaptics, an Apple supplier, is unlikely to be considered because Samsung will use a different technology that allows the OLED screen to double as a light source for the sensor, which results in better battery life.” as written by Business Insider.
At this point, the Samsung’s under-display optical fingerprint is a temporary way to compete with Apple’s Face ID, according to Kuo.
“In our latest analysis of recent under-display optical fingerprint recognition industry developments, we see Korean suppliers and Synaptics as having better visibility among suppliers. With regard to the latest biometrics technologies, however, we favor the 3D sensing segment”, Kuo wrote.