Samsung’s next-generation Note may come with a key feature that Apple reportedly had to drop from its iPhone X: an optical fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the cover glass.

The Galaxy maker is apparently looking to use a technology that allows the OLED screen to double as a light source for the sensor, which results in better battery life.

According to a report that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo sent to clients on Saturday, a copy of which was obtained by Business Insider, Galaxy Note 9 may have an “under-display optical fingerprint” sensor when it’s released in the second half of 2018.

Samsung could buy the part that enables this sensor from three different suppliers: Synaptics, Korean firm BeyondEyes and its own subsidiary Samsung LSI.

“In our latest analysis of recent under-display optical fingerprint recognition industry developments, we see Korean suppliers and Synaptics as having better visibility among suppliers,” reads the note.

We can rule out Synaptics since they are an Apple supplier. BeyondEyes and Samsung LSI have already shipped part samples to Samsung, according to the note.

Using an in-screen fingerprint sensor could be Samsung’s stop-gap until it can match iPhone X’s Face ID. “With regard to the latest biometrics technologies, however, we favor the 3D-sensing segment,” the analyst wrote.

Kuo previously estimated that Apple may have an 18 to 30-month advantage over Android vendors in terms of Face ID and related depth-sensing camera sensors.

  • Alejandro Delgado

    How cool would it be if they actually get the under screen fingerprint sensor working? FaceID could be the greatest technology ever (it’s not lol) but if Samsung can pull the integrated fingerprint sensor, I hope Apple follows and integrates that as well, along FaceID.

    • TechnoBuff

      I agree with you if they could pull it off.
      I think the addition of FaceID and TouchID will be the way to go for 2018 and beyond.
      I have a feeling that Apple will perfect that for next iphone and add it, which might likely make IphoneX a very odd phone somehow without TouchID.

      • I’m no analyst, but I don’t think there’s really a reason for both. Apple, as forward-thinking in security as they are, will probably migrate to Face ID entirely as the biometric authentication in their phones at some point in the future. The security numbers of 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID vs 1 in 1,000,000 for Face ID are enough of a motivation for that to happen. Touch ID will probably only remain in future “budget” iPhone models. Passcode will always remain as a secondary ‘non-biometric’ backup for when either fails.

      • sNick

        Totally agree with you

      • Blip dude

        Yet, it still has a possibility to fail. It shouldn’t be about what’s better security wise, but what option I want to use.

        I don’t want face ID, and could personally careless about how secure it is as it is beyond from perfect as well, but I want Touch ID due to its convenience. How is convenient to unlock the phone with your face but still have to swipe up to unlock?? Might sound like a stupid argument but I don’t see the point of 2 gestures to unlock a phone. This is why I hope on screen Touch ID surfaces.

      • nonchalont

        Plus it’s nice to open the phone while it’s downwards without having to look at the phone. That’s what I mainly do with TouchID. Now with FaceID it seems you have to have your phone upright facing you while you look at your phone with your eyes gazing at the phone. It sounds more tedious. Maybe it’s just something Apple users have to get used to or go back to just using the simple passcode to unlock. IDK, guess I’ll just have to see how the reviews go.

      • :D

        In theory it should work from an angle so you don’t have to lift your phone (although I’ve never tried it so I wouldn’t know for sure).

        The extra swipe seems tedious but that’s needed because there’s no home button. Maybe a force touch to unlock would be a good idea since that could simulate a button press.

      • Swipe

        Oh sweet, another moronic post by the wonderful Anthony DOUCHEard!

        I love how people like you always act like you’re soooooo concerned with the security of your device. Like you’re all protecting sooo much top secret sensitive data on your device that you must have the most super ultimate protection available. Like seriously, nobody gives a sh!t about all your dumbass selfies or any other garbage you have on your device!

        crApple is only making a big deal about FaceID because they couldn’t figure out how to get ToucID working without a physical home button. As soon as they figure it out, they’ll be right there on stage at WWDC telling you how fvcking amazing the new TouchID is! You’re little fanboy brain will be so overloaded with joy, and you’ll be right back on here boasting about how great it is to everyone as well.

        It’s about having CHOICES!!! Not everyone gives a fvck about protecting all that “sensitive data” on their device like some of you guys who think you work for the CIA do. We’d rather have CONVENIENCE!

      • Satyam Panchal

        you really think apple dont know how to make touchid working on screen huh??? do you know how big is apple ? how many engineer work there ? they so much money for research

      • Blip dude

        I don’t think anyone does at the moment. The technology is there but perhaps no one hasn’t gotten it right yet or it’s simply too expensive at the moment. This is why I say that the iPhone X is not the phone that Apple wanted to release, but people wouldn’t stop bitching about a design change so the end result is a 3/4ths baked product.

        So yes, I still believe Touch ID will make a return in the future embedded on screen, but for now it’s the waiting game.

      • Satyam Panchal

        I wish they bring touch Id in screen but apple never going back that a problem. Let see if faceid will replace it or not after x release

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  • burge

    Sorry but all I see is “MAY” that doesn’t mean anything.

  • yoshstreetbgr

    I agree with you if they could pull it off.I think the addition of FaceID and TouchID will be the way to go for 2018 and beyond.I have a feeling that Apple will perfect that for next iphone and add it, which might likely make IphoneX a very odd phone somehow without TouchID.

    • Satyam Panchal

      apple never going back they will not bring fingerprint into screen. and i dont think finger print in screen is good idea because if screen break it will cost more. and phone will get unlock if your holding your phone with thumb on screen and notification come and boom phone unlocked and we dont know

  • Arturo Polanco

    this is what iphone x needs! it would be perfect! touch ID and face ID both!