However, hope of an in-screen fingerprint scanner on a Samsung handset is not lost, as the sources add that Samsung is still working on such a solution.
Apparently the company hasn’t yet chosen which supplier or technology to use for an in-screen scanner, but has recently rounded down the possibilities.
Options supposedly include an ultrasonic scanner from Qualcomm, an optical option from Beyond Eyes, an in-house scanner from Samsung itself, one from Taiwan’s IGES TEC, or one from Synaptics – which is responsible for the first in-screen scanner in a commercially available handset.
However, all of these options are said to have drawbacks currently, so Samsung isn’t ready to commit to one, and with the Galaxy Note 9 apparently starting production in June for a launch in August there likely isn’t time for any of this technology to reach a point where Samsung is happy with it.
We may well see such a scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S10 or Samsung Galaxy Note 10, as sources reckon that by next year the technology will be ready.
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James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.