Samsung is planning to bring an in–screen fingerprint scanner to its next generation Galaxy Note handset, according to a new report.
According to supply chain sources, the phone-maker is already testing devices that use the tech, ahead of the Note 9's release next year.
The Galaxy Note 8, launched in August, features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
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Samsung was rumoured to be testing a version of the technology that sat behind the screen, but was unable to get it ready in time.
Throughout early 2017 it was claimed that Apple was working on something very similar, but ditched it in favour of its Face ID feature, found on the forthcoming iPhone X.
Those claims have been disputed by Apple-watchers, who say that Apple always planned to get rid of Touch ID on its tenth-anniversary smartphone.
Samsung’s approach means it’s likely to include a high–end fingerprint scanner alongside improved facial recognition software.
Reports this week have claimed that the company desperate to match the iPhone X’s facial scanning smarts.
The Galaxy Note 9 is not expected to launch until late 2018.