Galaxy Note 9 Leak Exposes Samsung’s Nasty Surprise
We know almost everything about the Galaxy Note 9, especially after a major leak exposed Samsung’s most significant upgrades last week. Unfortunately, however, we now have an update from the source of that leak which reveals the headline feature has been dropped…
Speaking on Twitter, the ever-mysterious Ice Universe stated it is now “almost certain” the Galaxy Note 9 will not have a fingerprint reader integrated into the display. Instead, it will just be a regular reader on the back of the phone like last year.
For those in denial, Ice Universe has a strong Samsung track record. He/she previously broke the Galaxy Note 8 design, attained the first real-world photos of the Galaxy S8 and nailed every single detail of the Galaxy S9.
Ice Universe didn’t specify what caused Samsung to ditch the in-display reader so late in development, but given performance issues scuppered its inclusion on the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9 it wouldn’t be a wild guess to assume the same thing has happened again.
Of course, the argument that will be thrown at Samsung is why can’t it get this technology right when Vivo, a much smaller manufacturer, already has a smartphone with it (the X20 Plus UD) on sale? In short, because Vivo is not producing the X20 Plus UD in massive quantities like the Galaxy Note 9 so it doesn’t have to stress test its production at scale.
Consequently, the recently leaked Galaxy S10 looks set to be the Samsung smartphone which finally debuts this technology – and that may be apt given it will be the range’s 10th-anniversary model.
On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 9’s well publicised early release date now looks a lot less like a proactive attack on Apple’s upcoming supersized iPhone X, and instead more like a move of self-preservation…