Samsung Galaxy Note 8 May Come with On-Screen Fingerprint Sensors
The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is an exciting subject for many, but also a disappointing one. Although Samsung had initially promised their customers that the then-future installment in their flagship Galaxy line will benefit from fingerprint scanning integrated into the screen, the company failed to deliver this feature to the public due to a problem with the specific technology involved.
Screen Sensors Soon on Android Phones
However, Synaptics, the company in charge with developing the on-screen fingerprint sensor technology Samsung was planning to use, announced that, while the project could not be finished in time for the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, future Android smartphones will surely benefit from it soon.
The FS4600 family of sensors will enter the market sometime in the third trimester of 2017, as per the company’s announcement. The new sensors will come in different shapes and sizes, such as square, round or oval, and can be covered by either glass, ceramics or even polymers, while still retaining 100% functionality. This is naturally terrific news for smartphone manufacturers.
The new sensors will also be pressure-sensitive and able to recognize sliding motions on top of fingerprints. Such functions have already been implemented on Apple and Huawei devices, but for reasons separate from fingerprint scanning. Such a sensor as the future FS4600 will also probably be able to function as a soft button that you can use in order to navigate through your phone.
While the technology unfortunately could not be ready in time for the Samsung Galaxy S8’s launch, the future looks promising. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to enjoy a Note 8 device with on-screen fingerprint sensors pretty soon. Only time will tell which device will be the first to sport the Synaptics tech.