One of our biggest complaints about the a Korean report from Naver now claims that this won’t be the case.and is the awkward, uncentered placement of fingerprint reader on the back of the phone next to the camera lens. And while one rumor suggests that Samsung’s next marquee phone, the , would solve this problem by incorporating a sensor beneath the display,
Samsung was reportedly working with its partner Synaptics in order to add the virtual sensor tech to the Galaxy S8, but the duo couldn’t quite figure it out in time. Naver reports that Samsung is still running into problems, and the technology might not be ready for the Note 8 either, quoting an anonymous Samsung official.
That being said, Samsung has reportedly teamed up with South Korean company CrucialTec and will continue working on the under-screen sensor, says Naver. This still leaves the possibility that it could find its way onto a later phone.
The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to arrive a little before chief rival Apple reveals its , a device that’s also rumored to undergo a redesign, possibly with the screen. (It’s also reportedly running into problems.) The Note 8, which will target power users, has the opportunity to fix the S8’s flaws and capitalize on trends like a dual rear camera.
So which upcoming flagship will successfully incorporate an in-screen fingerprint sensor? We’ll have to wait and see.
Samsung declined to comment.