Galaxy Note 8 fingerprint sensor placement still a problem for Samsung: Report

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Samsung is likely having a hard time finding an optimum place for the fingerprint sensor on its Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a new report has claimed.

According to a report on Korea’s The Naver, Samsung has made every effort to add the fingerprint scanner under the display, but it has failed to succeed. This effectively means that the new Note 8 might not have a fingerprint sensor below the display.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphone didn’t have a home button on the front, as the company removed the bezels on the sides, and reduced the ones on the top and bottom. Because of these changes it was forced to move the fingerprint scanner to the back of the phone, right next to the camera lens. That position was far from ideal, and Samsung got some criticism over that placement.

This is what Samsung intends to correct with its Note 8, but it turns out that its design team is still struggling over where it should place the fingerprint scanner.

According to the report, the executive went on to say that while Samsung has been trying to figure out a way to put the sensor in the front, the team has decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security.

He’s also added that Samsung will continue testing around with other companies including CrucialTech, which owns the technology. Now this bit of news will come as disappointment, given it looks like Apple has managed to figure out how to embed the fingerprint scanner under the display.

A recent Apple hardware leak on Reddit by a group called Foxconn Insiders, had claimed Apple is embedding the fingerprint scanner under the display, and while the results have not been entirely accurate, it is sticking with this technology. The latest report in Naver comes after another one from Korean Herald, which said Samsung has pegged August as the launch month for the Galaxy Note 8.

This is being done to ensure the Galaxy Note 8 is launched before the Apple iPhone 8. The report also added Samsung will introduce the Infinity Display seen on the Galaxy S8, S8+ into the new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. It will also include a dual-rear camera setup on the smartphone.

The latest report in the Naver, also pegs the display size as 6.3-inch double-edge full-screen display, and says the company will add a 3200 mAh battery on this phone. It will also come with Samsung’s Bixby voice-assistant, along with better biometrics for unlocking the device.

Samsung actually introduced the iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, but we all know that phone turned out to be a disaster for the company, thanks to the exploding batteries. Samsung then brought the iris scanner, face recognition features to the Galaxy S8, S8+ series, which has so far been doing well for the company.


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