At least one major phone in 2018 will have the key feature Apple had to drop for the iPhone X

At least one major phone in 2018 will have the key feature Apple had to drop for the iPhone X

samsung galaxy note 8 fingerprint sensor


The fingerprint scanner on Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.

  • There's going to be at least one major flagship smartphone which features an in-display fingerprint scanner in 2018.
  • Apple reportedly tried to ship this feature with the iPhone X but couldn't nail down the tech in time.
  • Hardware maker Synaptics said its in-display scanners were already in "mass production" with one of the top five phone makers, but didn't specify which.
  • This most likely means Samsung, Huawei, or Xiaomi.

It looks like at least one major flagship phone next year will have an in-display fingerprint scanner, a feature which Apple reportedly had to drop from the iPhone X.

Touchpad maker Synaptics has sent speculation to fever pitch after announcing its on-display fingerprint scanners were in mass-production with one of the top five phone manufacturers globally, though it didn't say which. This could mean Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, or Oppo.

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Synaptics also said the new phone would be ready to show off at CES, an annual tech conference which will take place in January.

Most flagship phones have a physical scanner which lets you unlock your phone with your fingerprint. But there are strong indications that more manufacturers want to put the fingerprint scanner inside the display - a technical feat Apple couldn't manage in time for the iPhone X's release this year.


It isn't obvious who Synaptics' customer is, but we can probably rule out Apple itself since a new, prototype iPhone wouldn't be ready for CES.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 is due for release in the second half of 2018, and will reportedly feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. And according to an October note from KGI Securities, Synaptics, Samsung-owned LSI, and BeyondEyes are all contenders to supply the sensor.

Synaptics' senior vice president and general manager for its mobile division, Kevin Barber, said: "Consumers prefer fingerprint authentication on the front of the phone, and with the industry quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays, the natural placement of the fingerprint sensor is in the display itself."