Samsung Galaxy S9 to get much-improved iris scanning

Tuesday, 12 Dec, 2017

By In-Display we mean that the fingerprint scanner is embedded inside the display glass and allows the user to scan their fingerprint by placing it on a particular section of the screen.

REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSamsung senior vice president of Product Strategy, Justin Denison, presents the Galaxy S8 and S8 smartphones during an exclusive event in New York City on March 29, 2017.

Synaptics on Tuesday (Dec. 12) announced that it's developed an in-display fingerprint sensor for smartphones. Even though the fingerprint identification feature is considered very secure, Apple has axed the feature on the newly unveiled iPhone X. Instead of the Touch ID sensor, iPhone X features the all new Face ID facial recognition feature that users can use to unlock it or securely carry out transactions through Apple Pay.

Based on the leaked information, SamsungMobile.News came up with press renders of the alleged Galaxy S9, giving us a glimpse of how the handset may look like when it launches next year. Designed for smartphones with infinity displays, Synaptics' Clear ID in-display fingerprint sensors magically activate in the display only when needed. But Synaptics has an answer for you and that answer says that the "Clear ID FS9500" is already under mass production and will soon be used by top 5 smartphone manufacturers across the globe. The company also claims that Clear ID is faster than other biometric technologies, including 3D face scanners.

Synaptics claims that the Clear ID optical fingerprint sensor will work with wet, dry, and cold fingers, while the sensor is protected by the smartphone glass making it durable, scratchproof, and waterproof.

Along with the new Clear ID sensor, Synaptics also has a pair of new ClearView OLED display driver ICs that support extra long 20:9 displays, notches, and rounded corners. The company will demo this technology on the upcoming CES in January 2018. The company said its invention utilizes machine learning that helps in identifying questionable attempts at unlocking a device.

While it's now obvious that in-screen fingerprint-scanning technology would become a big thing in the smartphone industry next year, Samsung could be the first one to take advantage of this invention.

According to reports, sources familiar with the matter have said that the iris scanner of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is going to get an upgrade that may be a better resolution or faster response.