Before Samsung launched Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones, the phone was rumored to have fingerprint sensor integrated into the display itself. When the phone got launched, it wasn’t the case, and then reports suggesting that their upcoming Galaxy Note 8 device will have such a feature started floating around the interwebs.
However, as it turns out, Samsung has now reportedly ruled out the possibility of including a display-integrated fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy Note 8 smartphone as well, mainly due to technical concerns regarding security.
According to a report by North Korean firm News1, a Samsung official has confirmed that the company will not be including an in-screen fingerprint sensor on its upcoming Galaxy Note 8 flagship, which is expected to be launched later this year. He was quoted as saying:
We made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security.
Instead of an in-screen fingerprint sensor, the company opted to offer fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone, which many users have said to be inconvenient to use. While the company wanted to offer something new in this regard, the time constraint reportedly prevented from offering in-screen sensor.
While Samsung is not offering such feature as of now, Apple has reportedly succeeded in implementing the in-screen fingerprint scanner and is expected to introduce the same with the launch of iPhone 8. This will also mark the elimination of the Home button with integrated TouchID for the phone.
Reports regarding the Galaxy Note 8’s specs suggest that it’ll have a dual lens camera on the back. A Samsung official familiar with the matter had earlier suggested that the design will change slightly. The device is expected to resemble the Galaxy S8 Plus in terms of size, with a display that’s just 0.1-inch larger.
However, these are just rumors and reports and should not be considered as the official specifications. We are unlikely to know for sure until the device launches later in the year — around August or September.