- Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone may include a new display technology intended to make the device thinner and lighter, but the technology may have a second underlying purpose: to make it easier for Samsung to implement in-display fingerprint scanners.
- If true, Samsung could be testing the technology on the Galaxy S9 before introducing an in-display fingerprint sensor on a future smartphone.
- Samsung may now feel pressure to release its long-rumored feature after a small Chinese competitor announced a device with an in-display fingerprint sensor, which will soon release to market.
Though Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone isn’t expected to have a fingerprint scanner embedded in its display, Samsung’s device may include a precursor technology for the feature.
Recent reports suggest the Galaxy S9 may include a new display technology, which allows the device’s touchscreen sensors to be placed directly on the flexible portion of its display. The technology is called a “Y-OCTA display” or “Youm On-Cell Touch AMOLED.”
While details indicate the main purpose of the technology is to help decrease the thickness and weight of smartphones, it may also be connected to how in-display fingerprint scanners work on Samsung devices. Android Community noted that smartphones, including the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 7, were rumored to include Y-OCTA displays before they released.
These devices were also rumored to include in-display fingerprint scanners but ultimately hit the market without either feature. Samsung reportedly found the fingerprint sensors disrupted the quality of its already-perfected OLED display technology.
Chinese competition may push Samsung’s technology development
Samsung may now be feeling pressure to introduce in-display fingerprint scanners on its flagship devices, since Chinese manufacturer Vivo announced the Vivo X20 Plus smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with an in-display fingerprint scanner. It was one of the most buzzed-about phones at the Read More Here