Samsung’s display embedded fingerprint scanner said to cause display brightness issues

Rumours suggest that the in-screen fingerprint technology might not be available until early next year and Samsung may introduce the technology with their next flagship - Galaxy S9.

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Highlights

    • Samsung is said to experience problem integrating ‘in-screen’ fingerprint technology
    • The Galaxy Note 8 tipped to sport dual rear camera
    • Reports suggest the smartphone launch late in September

Samsung Electronics may be experiencing problem to integrate ‘optical’ fingerprint scanner into the display panel because it tends to cause brightness imbalance issues, according to a report from Android Headlines. The report citing an industry insider said that the embedded fingerprint scanner started causing disturbance with the display brightness where the area containing the fingerprint scanner significantly lights up brighter than the other areas of the display.

Further a concept render provided by the source (via Android Headlines)reveals the tech giant’s supposed problem in balancing the brightness of its mobile display panels with embedded fingerprint sensors. There is no comprehensive information regarding the frequency of this issue. However, Samsung recently said to have revealed that that it would not be including an optical fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Note 8 due to some unspecified implementation issues and the new reports has just added substance to it. Recent rumours suggest that the technology might not be available until early next year and Samsung may introduce the technology with their next flagship – Galaxy S9.

Samsung had a hard time with the Note 7 where the phone started catching fire due to some faulty batteries. With the concern about safety, Samsung is taking ‘elaborate’ safety tests to prevent from repeating the Galaxy Note 7 debacle on its successor. Reports suggest that the Galaxy Note 8 might be announced later than usual somewhere in late September or next year in August.

On the other hand, Apple has already gained hype with the upcoming iPhone 8 which is bringing a major change in design and functionality. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is said to unwrap somewhere around the iPhone 8’s release. The new Galaxy Note 8 is tipped to have a ‘strong resemble’ to the company’s existing flagship – the Galaxy S8. Both the Galaxy Note 8 and supposed iPhone 8 are rumoured to come with a dual camera setup which makes the rivalry even more interesting to see which one of these will outperform in the imaging battle. It is also rumoured that the Galaxy Note 8 will come with a 4K resolution infinity display with a dual camera setup at the back. The phone is said to pack a Snapdragon 835 chipset or the Exynos 8895, depending on the region.

Rumours of an in-screen fingerprint sensor first surfaced earlier this year when an Apple patent for the technology surfaced. It was later also revealed that Apple had placed a massive order for 70 million OLED screens from Samsung, leading people to believe that Apple was looking to realise its patent and embed the fingerprint right in the screen. Given that Apple already has a patent on this technology, it would be interesting to see how Samsung would implement the same (if at all) in their Galaxy Note 8 without any legal ramifications. It is possible that there is a quid-pro-quo in place, where Samsung makes the display panels for Apple and the Cupertino company grants Samsung access to the Patent. Obviously, at this stage, this is all conjecture and both companies have a history of staying tight-lipped on their business dealing.