KGI's Kuo sees in-screen embedded fingerprint scanner debuting on the 2018 Samsung Galaxy Note 9

It has turned out to be one of the biggest technological difficulties of the year, affecting Samsung, Apple and most likely other less well-known smartphone manufacturers. Finding the solution could lead to a shift in more than several million dollars of handset sales. If you haven’t figured out what we are discussing here, it is the placement of a biometric fingerprint scanner embedded under a smartphone display. Such a placement is necessary for manufacturers to offer edge-to-edge “button-less” and “bezel-less” screens without resorting to less popular (read “rear-facing”) solutions.

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Meet the first smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanner… oh, it also packs 3 cameras at the back

At this year’s MWC Shanghai, Chinese manufacturer Vivo displayed smartphone prototypes that employ Qualcomm’s next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. While Qualcomm clearly stated that it will start sending the tech to phone makers for commercial sampling in Q4 2017, it appears that Vivo might have gotten a bit of a head start. 

A bunch of images showing the upcoming Vivo Xplay 7 (also known as X20) emerged today. They pretty much confirm that the handset will be the first to have an on-screen fingerprint reader. This makes perfect …

Galaxy Note 8's latest render reveals a terrible fingerprint scanner position

You may have seen it already – the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 8 render that surfaced yesterday, courtesy of the fine gentlemen over at BGR and case-maker Ghostek. The render is based on the latest rumors and expectations related to the Note 8. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is again:
Looking pretty dope, huh? Sure it does, but beyond the edge-to-edge “Infinity Display” that’s obviously going to grace the Note 8, there’s a detail that’s kind of pissing us off right now.
While the Galaxy S8 and S8+ …

Vivo is showing off a working in-screen fingerprint scanner prototype, courtesy of new Qualcomm tech

We were wrong – Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo won’t, in fact, be the first to put out a device with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, though it most certainly is the first to openly display a prototype. At this year’s MWC Shanghai, which taking place right now, the company showed off the first implementation of Qualcomm’s just-announced in-screen ultrasonic scanner technology.

Vivo demonstrated the new tech with a couple of prototypes, one based on the current Xplay6 (seen above) with the scanner embedded under the screen, and another with it behind …

Alleged Galaxy Note 8 promo poster shows us its dual-cameras, rear fingerprint scanner

There’s a new Galaxy Note 8 leak on the block, and this one’s pretty saucy.

A purported promotional poster of Samsung’s upcoming handset has been unearthed, giving us a sneak peek at the possible final design of the Note 8. There are dual cameras at the back, which falls in line with what has been expected for this year’s phablet, as well as a rear-positioned fingerprint scanner at the rear, which coincides with the latest news on the matter. 
Apparently, Samsung has been unable to come with a workaround for a brightness …

Forget the iPhone 8, the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint scanner could come from Vivo instead

By now you’ve surely heard the widespread rumors about the iPhone 8’s fingerprint scanner situation: there’s a distinct possibility Apple’s latest flagship will be equipped with an in-screen sensor (or will it?), instead of the regular, standalone solution employed by everyone on the market. However, as is becoming increasingly common, a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer, namely Vivo, may beat Apple to the punch.

Vivo, for those not in the know, is something of a sister company to the slightly more well-known Oppo, most commonly known as being …

Apple may still be undecided on the iPhone 8's fingerprint sensor, less than 3 months from announcement

It might sound discouraging, but here it goes – according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple still hasn’t decided what fingerprint technology will utlimately end up in the new and coming iPhone. Mind you, we’re less than three months away from this year’s September keynote. If the rumor is true, this means the handset is anything but finalized. Thus, its retail launch could face a significant delay of as many as two months following the announcement.

Confident in his information, Arcuri has taken the new iPhone out of Cowen’s 46 million sales …

Samsung's in-screen fingerprint scanner said to cause display brightness issues

An industry insider claims that Samsung’s in-screen fingerprint scanner technology results in brightness imbalance issues where the area containing the scanner is noticeably brighter than the rest of the display.

This could be the reason, or one of the reasons why Samsung is reportedly giving up on the in-screen optical fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The most recent rumors claim that the technology won’t be ready for mass production until early next year, possibly in time for the Galaxy S9’s release.

Due to the technological experimentation …

The Galaxy Note 8 won't have an in-screen fingerprint scanner, according to Samsung official

Almost everyone who’s used Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, will be quick to tell you just how bad the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor’s placement is. As previously reported, this seems to have been a last second decision, made necessary due to the company’s inability to produce a high-quality prototype for an in-screen scanner in time. And while we’ve hoped the technology would be ready by the time the Galaxy Note 8 enters production, a recent piece of news has just crushed those dreams into fine dust.

As reported by Korean-language publication …