Well, it was too good to be true. The in-display finger scanner of the Galaxy Note 9, that is, as rumors that Samsung won’t be ready to produce those in mass quantities for the S9, but may be for the Note 9, are quickly getting deflated.
Vivo previewed for us the world’s first phone with in-display finger scanner at the CES expo in Las Vegas earlier this month, but never named the device, and didn’t disclose important details like its price or release date.
Over at Kickstarter, a new system that will quickly charge up the batteries on your smartphone using magnets, has raised more than five times the target amount of funding that the product developer was seeking. Called Finger Pow, the system is made up of four waterproof magnetic pods, each of which will charge in a base or a charging station that contains a 5000mAh battery. The base just charges the pods while the charging station doubles as a power bank. When you’re ready to use the Finger Pow’s battery power, a magnet connects one of the pods to the handset that needs charging. Since …
Well, well, well, Samsung may move the infamous Galaxy S8/Note 8 finger scanner underneath the camera lens for the Galaxy S9 indeed, if a leaked screenshot, allegedly detailing how to measure your heart rhythm in the S Health app is to be believed. As you can see in the grab, Samsung’s heart rate sensor that is used in conjunction with the S Health app, is positioned next to the camera on one yet-to-be-revealed handset, while the notorious elliptical fingerprint reader of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 is situated way below, and under the camera.
By now, it is a public secret that Samsung may be changing the placement of the rear scanner on its Galaxy S line phones next year. The current notorious spot next to the camera may give way to a more orthodox placement in the middle of the back, under the camera lens, tip sources.
We did hear that the “back of the Galaxy S9 will change a lot” from a leakster with a good track record last week, and, lo and behold, today’s alleged CAD renders of the handset are seemingly confirming this claim. Not that it comes as any surprise that the Galaxy S9 may follow in the footsteps of the Note 8, and be launched with a dual camera, but it was the sensor placement that was a mystery, and we even made a few renders with horizontal or vertical dual camera design, based on various rumors.
The “will they, won’t they” saga with the notorious case of the disappearing in-display fingerprint reader seems poised to continue, as Samsung has recently been granted a patent for such a contraption, building on the notch-y scanner patent we saw not long ago. Not that we will see the under-glass thingy in time for the Galaxy S9, as Samsung’s marketing manager is on record tweeting that the “tech probably won’t be ready for retail by then.”
Make of it what you will, but it was not Samsung or Apple, and rather the Chinese phone maker Vivo (which shares a parent company with OnePlus) that showcased a working prototype of a phone with under-display finger scanner, based on its Xplay 6 model. Now, for the Xplay 7 next year, Vivo might have polished the technology enough to place it in a retail device, leaked intracompany presentation slides suggest.
Despite not being the latest OnePlus models out on the market anymore, the OnePlus 3 and 3T continue to receive updates that fix issues and/or introduce new software features on a regular basis.