According to KGI analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo three manufacturers compete for Samsung’s order for fingerprint readers, which can also be used under display glass. So far, Samsung and Apple have tried in vain to bring a reliable fingerprint scanner under the display.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could come with a fingerprint reader placed on the front under the display when it comes to the market in the second half of 2018. This is the opinion of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, who has good contacts to the supply chain in Asia and is always predicting future products.
So far Samsung and Apple have failed with their attempts to bring a reliably functioning fingerprint scanner space-saving under the display. The trend towards larger and frameless displays forces manufacturers to dispense with a home button on the front. The shift to the back as with the current flagship smartphones Galaxy S8 and Note 8, however, came partially to rejection. Some users are annoyed, for example, when they have to place a device placed on the table in their hands to unlock it. Many also fear that they will inadvertently leave fingerprints on the Kameralinse.
At the launch of Galaxy S8, a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display proved to be not market-ready, although the manufacturer invested significantly in the young technology. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple planned for the upcoming iPhone X also a fingerprint reader under the display. But it had to do without the feature when in the summer approached project terminals.
The iPhone manufacturer instead used to authenticate users with Face ID – a face detection with 3D sensors. In this area, Kuo Apple approves a possible advance of 18 to 30 months – and sees here the future of biometric technology. Face ID has already significantly increased the demand for 3D sensors.
But also under-display fingerprint modules are now approaching the market – three manufacturers are competing to supply Samsung with the technology. This leads Ming-Chi Kuo in an investor report, quoted from the business insider. These include the Korean companies BeyondEyes and the Samsung subsidiary LSI, which already supplied samples to Samsung. In the race could also still be Egis, the current standard sensors for fingerprint recognition to Samsung delivers.
For less likely, Kuo, the Synaptics comes to a halt, an also for Apple current supplier. The reason for this is that Samsung is using a different technology to simultaneously use the OLED display as the light source for the sensor and thus achieve a better battery life.
Qualcomm has also positioned itself with new fingerprint sensors for smartphones. These are based on ultrasound technologies and are therefore suitable for use under a display glass. The chip maker wants to follow the trend towards waterproof smartphones with frameless displays.
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