The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will lack a fingerprint scanner embedded into the display panel of the device, according to a recent report from South Korea. A representative of the Seoul-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM) told Naver that the company decided against implementing this technology into its upcoming phablet due to a wide variety of reasons, including security concerns and “technical limitations.” The latter was reportedly the reason why the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus also didn’t ship with a fingerprint reader embedded into their screens, though Samsung Electronics was reportedly close to commercializing that technology and only opted to scrap it a few months before officially announcing its latest flagship phone series.
The aforementioned source didn’t go into any more details on the matter, though the latest turn of events indicates that Samsung either underestimated the difficulty of embedding a fingerprint scanner into a mobile display or that previous reports were inaccurate and the company wasn’t close to commercializing the technology in early 2017. Provided that the Galaxy Note 8 truly doesn’t ship with such a sensor, Samsung will either opt to equip the device with a physical Home button with an integrated fingerprint reader or place that sensor on the rear panel of the handset, just like it did with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Given the company’s newly adopted design language that aims to eliminate bezels, the latter scenario seems much more likely, though it remains to be seen how consumers would react to that decision given how fingerprint sensor placement is one of the main complaints about the otherwise well-accepted Galaxy S8 lineup.
The Galaxy Note 8 will reportedly boast a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution that will succeed the 18.5:9 aspect ratio that debuted with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. Industry insiders recently claimed that the South Korean consumer electronics manufacturer is planning to unveil its latest flagship in late August in an effort to beat the iPhone 8 to the market, suggesting that the Galaxy Note 8 may already be available for purchase in September. More details on the upcoming handset are expected to follow shortly.