A new report out of Naver quotes a Samsung official who seemingly states the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, the sequel to last year’s explosive Galaxy Note 7, will not feature a fingerprint sensor integrated underneath its 6.3-inch Infinity Display. The reason behind this decision is simple: the company has run out of time trying to figure out the technology. In fact, they just can’t make it secure enough, the main purpose of a fingerprint sensor in the first place. If you recall, the Galaxy S8 was also supposed to have this feature but instead received a relatively low-end sensor stamped next to the camera sensor which, if you read our review, you know is a horrible position.
Here’s the Samsung official’s actual quote for your reference.
We made every effort to install a display-integrated fingerprint sensor on Galaxy Note 8, but we decided not to install it on this strategic phone due to various technical limitations such as security.
So where does Samsung go from here? Well, it seems unclear for now, but if history repeats itself, Samsung will make a last minute decision and stick the fingerprint sensor wherever they see fit. The same occurred with the Galaxy S8, hence it’s terrible fingerprint reader position. Let’s hope to God Samsung can figure out something with the Note 8 so it doesn’t wind up like the Galaxy S8 with a bad fingerprint sensor and insecure face unlock.