While pre-launch rumors about major smartphones often turn out to be correct, from time to time, you come across contradictory reports that unleash utter confusion, with consumers not knowing who to believe and who not to. That’s exactly what seems to be happening these days as far as reports surrounding the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 is anything to go by.
While some early reports suggested that the next installment in Samsung’s Galaxy Note series will ship with an in-display fingerprint scanner, more recent rumors had claimed that not to be the case. Now, however, another report seems to indicate that the device will indeed offer an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The confusion seems to stem from the fact that Samsung itself is not entirely sure whether to put the next-gen biometric sensor in its upcoming flagship, mostly because the company doesn’t seem to be confident if the technology is ready for prime-time just yet.
However, The Korea Herald is quoting unnamed industry insiders in the country as saying that “There is enough time for the display company to improve the technology to meet the handset maker’s expectations before the launch of the [Galaxy] Note 9 in late August”.
Samsung, on its part, continues to experiment with the new technology, with the aforementioned report also claiming that Samsung Display has “prepared three or four solutions for Samsung Electronics to embed the fingerprint sensor inside of the main display”, although, there’s no telling if the company will eventually will follow through and embed the next-gen technology in its upcoming flagship.
On a related note, a report from SamMobile suggests that Samsung has started work on the Galaxy Note 9 firmware two weeks earlier than it did for the Galaxy Note 8. Now whether this is a sign that the company is planning an early launch for the Galaxy Note 9 remains to be seen, but it won’t be a total surprise if that does turn out to be the case, given how some recent reports are suggesting that pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus haven’t lived up to industry expectations.