Samsung appears to have big plans for its new flagship, the Galaxy S9. While previous reports have signaled a screen with almost no frames, a new LetsGoDigital report shows that the new Samsung device could incorporate the fingerprint sensor under the screen.
Samsung patents a revolutionary fingerprint reader under the screen just in time for the Galaxy S9
The report points to a new patent application from Samsung Electronics Co. for a fingerprint scanner under the screen. The application was submitted in April 2017 and was approved this month by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Apple did not want to bet on this technology because it considered more secure and comfortable facial recognition to reduce the frames of the front. Samsung seems to have innovated and created an alternative solution to the recent problem of getting a higher screen percentage.
How the fingerprint reader would work on the Galaxy S9
According to the patent documents, the technology involves placing a pressure sensor and a fingerprint scanner to achieve it.
In the upper part, of course, you will find the crystal coating. The fingerprint sensor will activate at a specific pressure level.
There are more than 12 different pressure points spread across the screen, which will allow users to unlock the device and confirm payments by merely placing their finger on the screen.
By placing the sensor between the first two layers, Samsung seems to have created a reasonably large fingerprint reading area that covers the entire screen. Therefore, the new technology will read the fingerprint from virtually anywhere on the screen.
The device may store at least one fingerprint. The processor and pressure sensor will work together to feel the pressure of a finger on the screen before activating the optical fingerprint reader.
What uses would Samsung give?
With a full screen capable of reading a fingerprint, S a Samsung has plans to make its software respond accordingly.
For example, when a user touches the icon of the Gallery application. Also, the fingerprint sensor embedded in the screen is authenticated and then opens the Gallery with the private photos visible.
If an unknown user touches the same Gallery icon, it opens without displaying the private photos. Likewise, it could grant you access to an instant messaging chat while preserving privacy.
According to the patent, Samsung plans to use this new feature for a large number of native applications. The patent also suggests the possibility of a genuinely frameless device, except for the minimal Bazzel for the sensors and the front camera.
Also, note that the existence of a patent does not guarantee that this feature will reach a final product. But it shows that Samsung is investing a lot of time and resources in this technology. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before Samsung fans can use the fingerprint reader under the screen. | Source: LetsGoDigital