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Galaxy S9 could get a front-facing finger print sensor

The Galaxy S9 could feature a display notch to incorporate a fingerprint sensor. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy S9 could feature a display notch to incorporate a fingerprint sensor. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung's Galaxy S9 could feature a display cut out to allow it to integrate a front facing fingerprint sensor. The move could be potentially controversial, but it would correct the odd location of the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the current Galaxy S8 line.

Samsung could be set to join the select group of smartphone makers that currently feature displays with cutouts in them. If a Samsung patent design represents its plans for the Galaxy S9, it could join the iPhone X and the Essential Phone in featuring displays with a cut out for a component. Although potentially controversial, the design change could reap some benefits.

Although not everyone is a fan of displays with cut outs, not many are fans of where Samsung currently locates its fingerprint sensor on the rear of its devices either. The Galaxy S8 currently features a rear mounted fingerprint sensor that is offset, where most rear mounted finger print sensors are located in the middle of the device. A front-facing finger print sensor could look and function like Apple’s Touch ID and would be more user friendly. That said, with Apple switching to 3D facial recognition with its new Face ID tech on the iPhone X, we would be surprised to see Samsung head down this particular route. After all, the patent in question is from 2016.

Other early Galaxy S9 rumors point to a similar approach that it has taken the past couple of generations with a standard S9 model and a larger S9+ model, although display sizes haven’t yet emerged. It will also use a new mainboard technology that will allow for the inclusion of a higher capacity battery. Depending on region, and as in the past, it will be fitted with either Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 845 or Samsung’s next-generation Exynos chipset. A launch in the first half of 2018 is expected.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-10-24 (Update: 2017-10-24)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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