Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Will Reportedly Lack Fingerprint Sensor Embedded In Display

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you were hoping that Samsung would figure out a way to embed a fingerprint sensor into the display of its forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 phablet, word on the web is that it is not going to happen. The South Korean electronics maker just cannot seem to figure out a way to make it work consistently, it appears.

An embedded fingerprint sensor is something that many people hoped would debut on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ handsets. That did not happen, as Samsung had trouble getting it to work properly in time to start mass producing the new phones, so it was scratched from the list of finalized features.

Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+

With Samsung having additional time to tweak things in between the launch of the Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8, there was some optimism that the company would get things figured out. Unfortunately Samsung is still running into issues and rather than sacrifice security for another bullet point on the side of the box, it is nixing the feature altogether.

"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," a Samsung official reportedly told Naver, a Korean-language publication.

The above statement is plucked from a Google translation, but we get the gist of what the Samsung official is communicating. An embedded fingerprint sensor is just not a viable option at this time. That said, Samsung will continue to work with companies such as CrucialTec, a firm that manufacturers optical trackpads and fingerprint scanners, on making this happen sometime in the future.

Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy Note 8 on September 8. Rumors leading up the launch suggest it will debut with a 6.3-inch Infinity OLED display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB to 6GB of RAM.