The home button on the display of the Samsung Galaxy S8 makes one thing very clear: the company had fallen just shy of implementing a futuristic fingerprint sensor under the glass.
Unfortunately, the latest word from the rumor mill suggests that we won’t see the innovation in the Samsung Galaxy S9, either. But there appears to be a silver lining in this development that, at the very least, Samsung is adjusting the location of the sensor, according to TechnoCodex. Chances are good that it will be placed in the middle, as we’ve seen on the LG V30 and Google Pixel 2, to name a few other smartphones.
Shifting the fingerprint sensor away from the awkward spot it sits at on both the S8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a step in the right direction, though. Our reviews of both phones note that the sensor’s placement right next to the rear-facing camera makes it tough to find, and once you do find it, you’ve probably smudged up your camera along the way.
Who will implement it first?
It’s disappointing that Samsung hasn’t figured out how to tackle embedding the fingerprint sensor under the display just yet, but it’s a likely indicator that this company isn’t the only one having trouble accomplishing it.
Just like bezel-free displays were this year’s white whale for manufacturers to dash toward, we expect these “invisible” biometric sensors to take off in 2018. We’ll just have to see if Samsung solves the puzzle for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, or if another company will beat it to the chase.