Samsung’s next Galaxy Note phone may have a key feature that
Apple reportedly had to drop from the iPhone X because of
The Galaxy Note 9 may have an “under-display optical fingerprint”
sensor when it’s released in the second half of 2018,
according to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities known
for his understanding of the Asian electronics supply
That means users of the Galaxy Note 9 would be able to
unlock their phone by simply placing their finger on part of
That’s a feature that Apple tried to include in the forthcoming
iPhone X, the
Wall Street Journal previously reported. Apple ended up
ditching it earlier this summer as deadlines approached. The
iPhone X will instead have Face ID, a new facial recognition
technology that takes advantage of custom 3D sensors.
‘Samples shipped already’
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.
Korean companies BeyondEyes and the Samsung subsidiary Samsung
LSI have already shipped part samples to Samsung, according to
the note. They’re the favorites to win the contract. Egis,
which currently supplies standard fingerprint sensors to Samsung,
may also be in the mix.
Samsung has included some facial recognition features in its
devices, but its technology has been less advanced and easier to
fool than Apple’s seems to be. Kuo previously said that Apple may
18 to 30-month advantage in 3D sensors.
So Samsung embracing the under-display fingerprint sensor may be
a stop-gap until it can match Apple’s Face ID. Kuo believes
that’s where the biometric technology industry is going.
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.