While it seemed in-display fingerprint sensors were the future of smartphone biometrics for a while, Kuo says that Apple's iPhone X has made Android manufacturers more interested in advanced 3D-sensing facial recognition.
In late 2016, we heard about the potential for Samsung to incorporate Synaptic's display-embedded optical fingerprint reader for the Galaxy S8, but that never came to be. As such, it's "likely" that Samsung will abandon efforts to bring in-display scanning to this year's anticipated Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. That gives Samsung a lot more time to figure this technology out, so long as it's okay with Vivo maintaining the lead here.
This is according to a new report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has backtracked on his earlier position and is now claiming Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 9 smartphone probably won't have an under-the-display fingerprint scanner.
He says the feature now suffers from issues with screen protectors and various different environments affecting the success rate of the under-display fingerprint reader. He claims that it is "key for full-screen designs" and that facial recognition - as seen in the iPhone X - can not fully replace fingerprint scanning. Both Vivo and Synaptics have praised the new technology in X20 Plus UD.
The South Korean tech giant will sell Galaxy S9 for 57,900 rupees (US$891) and Galaxy S9 Plus for 72,900 rupees. There are still issues with speed, accuracy, and security with current technologies. As we've said, the rest of the hardware should match the S9 phones closely, though the battery might get a boost above last year's 3,300mAh - is two-day battery life too much to hope for? This is not the first time Microsoft has done this with Samsung's Galaxy S-series flagships.