Apple and Samsung tried and failed integrating an under-display fingerprint sensor in their recent smartphones. We still have a weird fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X does not include it at all, relying on a new Face ID system,
Next year, however, 2018 flagship phones will get an under-display fingerprint sensor for Samsung. Apple though is facing problems in finding the technology for its hard to sync it with its face ID implementation on the iPhone X.
Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, claims that Samsung’s next Note flagship will include “under-display optical fingerprint” technology. Three companies are willing to be the supplier to Samsung. BeyondEyes and Samsung LSI have already reported having ties. Egis is another willful company. They are currently suppliers of fingerprint sensors for Samsung’s phones.
After slowly ditching bezels this would be the ideal solution if manufacturers get rid of the obligation of separate fingerprint sensors for authentication. It’s not new in the market though as in last May, LG developed a fingerprint sensor that sits under the display and this year at MWC Shanghai, Vivo unveiled the first smartphone with an under-display fingerprint sensor based on the technology developed by Qualcomm.
So the stuff is already there, it’s just the matter of time and the right smartphone as the bigger companies come on the boat. It will be interesting to see if Google starts working on the same thing now that Pixel 2 and PIxel XL 2 are out on the market.