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    October 30, 2017

    New Galaxy S9 renders highlight Samsung’s tweaked fingerprint scanner

    Samsung Galaxy S9

    New renders depicting Samsung’s forthcoming Galaxy S9 show that the company may be aiming to tweak its placement of the handset’s rear fingerprint scanner.

    One of the Samsung Galaxy S8’s most loathed features was its awkwardly placed rear fingerprint scanner, which resided in a minimal depression adjacent to the handset’s primary camera. In good news, however, Samsung could be looking to rectify the placement of the scanner aboard the Galaxy S9.

    While some renders and concepts have toyed with the news that Samsung may be investigating incorporating a front-facing display notch to accommodate a front-facing fingerprint scanner, new renders have revealed that this (thankfully) may not be the case.

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    A rumour emanating from a Chinese supply source alleges that Samsung is seeking to redesign its premium rear panel layout, which has found a home on both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. According to the source, Samsung will seek to position its fingerprint scanner further underneath its future device’s primary camera(s).

    Samsung Galaxy S9 render

    Source: PhoneArena

    The news is reminiscent of other erstwhile leaks that we’ve seen that depict the future of the company’s Galaxy A series – giving firm indication that we might be able to expect a horizontally-aligned fingerprint scanner rather than a unit that sits adjacent to a camera module.

    While many fans and prospective purchasers long for the day when Samsung will successfully integrate a fingerprint scanner beneath the displays of it smartphones, that development may be a while off – Qualcomm debuted a functional ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that can function under glass earlier this year, and it may be some time before we see such units integrated on common smartphones.

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