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The Galaxy Note 9 might not have an in-display fingerprint sensor after all

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Maybe the Note 10 will have it?

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Samsung is apparently no longer looking at using an in-display fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy Note 9, according to a research note from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, via AppleInsider.

Kuo had originally speculated last August that Samsung was looking at the technology for the upcoming Note 9. The company skipped including the feature in the recently released Galaxy S9 models, which featured a more traditional fingerprint sensor on the back of the device. But according to Kuo, Samsung is apparently delaying the feature from this year’s models due to issues with power consumption and the sensors not working reliably with screen protectors or in different environments.

If Kuo’s report is accurate, that would leave Vivo as the only major smartphone company so far to actually feature in-display fingerprint technology on a phone. The company showed off the sensor to much fanfare at CES 2018 earlier this year in collaboration with Synaptics, and announced the X20 Plus UD — the first smartphone to ship with the feature — a few weeks later.