Galaxy Note 8 Might Not Differ From Galaxy S8 When Referring to Fingerprint Reader Placement – Circuitry Problems Primary Reason


There are several rumors surrounding the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. From its 6.3-inch QHD+ display to its announcement month expected to take place during the month of August, it looks like there are still a boatload of things surrounding the phablet that have yet to be confirmed, and on top of that, we can add one more to the ever-growing list. Just like the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 is said to feature a fingerprint reader that is going to be mounted at the back because Samsung has been experiencing circuitry issues by incorporating a solution at the front.

Samsung Facing Immense Difficulty in Making an Integrated Circuit That Will Read the User’s Fingerprint From the Front Side of the Galaxy Note 8

In an era of phones where bezels are heavily reduced, it looks like there are going to be severe complications when releasing a smartphone. With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung found difficulty in integrating an on-screen fingerprint reader and it looks like the same difficulty is being experienced with the Galaxy Note 8. According to The Korea Herald, sources close to the matter have highlighted this issue, and say that Samsung might not have a choice but to go with a rear-facing fingerprint reader.

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“Samsung is having a hard time making an integrated circuit -- a chip which should be placed under a display because of its opaque color -- to read the fingerprint image on the surface of the display. There are also technical challenges, such as low production yield and securing the transparency of the sensor."

Furthermore, one local media outlet has also quoted a Samsung Electronics official as stating the following:

“(Samsung) tried all efforts to apply an on-screen display fingerprint sensor in the Note 8, but we decided not to feature it because of various technical difficulties, including security issues.”

While the Note 8 could have a 6.3-inch display, Samsung can actually make notable adjustments and mount the rear-facing fingerprint reader at a slightly less elevated position, making it easier for users to unlock their devices.

There are lots of things that can change with the course of time, so remember to take this rumor with a pinch of salt for now.