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Galaxy S9 Release Date Indicates Specs Conflict

Samsung Galaxy S8, this year’s flagship phone, came out about six months ago, and the rumors regarding Galaxy S9 have already flooded the web. Samsung’s new flagship is undoubtedly in the development, and it is expected to be more powerful and innovative than ever. However, recent information that has come online suggests that device will sport some major changes regarding device. It is important to note that the changes are mostly connected to the rear part of the smartphone, meaning that the Galaxy S9 fingerprint scanner might have to lay on some other placement. Read on!

Galaxy S9 Release Date
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@Universelce, a tech informant, made the tweet concerning Galaxy S9 design on Sunday saying “The back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot.” Unfortunately, that’s all that we know, as the tech informant didn’t leave any further tweet explaining what are all those changes all about. Still, various conflicting rumors about Samsung Galaxy S9’s fingerprint scanner’s placement have emerged.

A Dutch tech blog, Galaxy Club made a report last week regarding a patent Samsung filed with a Korean trademark organization. The patent suggests that the fingerprint scanner for Galaxy S9 could be placed on a notch at the bottom of the screen. That system seems to be different compared to the optical fingerprint sensor that was expected and talked about for a long time.

According to the reports, Samsung could fix the industry-wide issue concerning all the flagship smartphone’s implementation of the fingerprint scanners. As you may remember, both Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 sport the fingerprint scanner placed on the rear of the smartphone. Still, several smartphone manufacturers tried to step up their game and release smartphones with in-display fingerprint sensors, but, unfortunately, all attempts to engineer the feature came across various problems. It is expected that the next Samsung’s flagship will feature the in-display fingerprint technology, but, on the other side, other sources said that the Galaxy S9 won’t sport this feature.

Also, @Universelce has recently tweeted that the Galaxy S9 won’t be equipped with the on-screen fingerprint recognition. These claims were backed up by a former Samsung marketing manager who said that the Galaxy S9 won’t sport the on-screen fingerprint recognition because the technology won’t be ready before the flagship comes out.

The different emerging rumors about the finger-print scanner placement on Galaxy S9 have everyone confused, but the main question remains. What is Samsung planning to do with the rear of the device? Perhaps, Samsung will follow other manufacturers’ idea to put the fingerprint sensor on the center of the rear of the device, just like LG and Huawei did, as both companies released smartphones with rear-facing fingerprint sensors. This position simplifies placing user’s finger on the fingerprint sensor naturally and would be of great help to Samsung.

Perhaps, Samsung Galaxy S9 won’t come with a fingerprint sensor embedded on display. However, there are already speculations that Samsung is developing the technology and planning to introduce it publicly.

Other reports claim Samsung is negotiating with biometric vendors regarding the on-screen fingerprint recognition, which includes Synaptics, BeyondEyes, Samsung LSI, and Egis. Galaxy Club, also, reports about Samsung filing a new patent with South Korea’s Intellectual Property Rights Information Service. The patent suggests the pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint reader.

The successor Galaxy Note could be a perfect smartphone for testing the display embedded fingerprint sensor on. If you remember, Samsung has already done similar, when releasing the Galaxy Note 8 with the dual-lens camera system. That being said, it is almost certain that the Galaxy S9 will sport a dual-lens camera, given that the feature has proved itself more than well on Galaxy Note 8.

If Samsung sticks to this plan, the company is likely to debut the first Galaxy S smartphone to introduce a display embedded fingerprint scanner in 2019.

According to the several reports, the company will start production of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus before the end of the year. That being said, the smartphones are likely to make a debut earlier compared to this year’s models. It is hinted that the new Samsung’s flagships will arrive at next year’s MWC event. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the displays look set will come in November, meaning that the final delivery date will be in January.

What do you think about the fingerprint sensor placement on the Galaxy S9? Let us know in the comments!

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