Under-display fingerprint sensor about to happen

An under-display fingerprint sensor could become a standard feature on smartphones soon. Synaptics announced that it’ll showcase the technology called Clear ID FS9500 in January at CES 2018.
Both Apple and Samsung have been working on installing a fingerprint reader below their phones’ screens, and it was supposed to be the highlight feature for their flagship devices. However, things didn’t work out for them, as evidenced by the functionality’s absence from the iPhone 8, iPhone X, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy Note 8.
The California-based company didn’t say whom it’s teaming up with, meaning it’s unclear on what brand the device sporting the under-display fingerprint sensor will be.
Looking more closely at the press release, there’s a possibility that the OEM in question is none other than Samsung.
“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,” Kevin Barber, senior vice president and general manager of the Mobile Division at Synaptics, said.
The bit about the “bezel-free OLED infinity displays” could be a giveaway the secret, so to speak. It even continues to say that it’s “designed for smartphones with infinity displays” and that Clear ID can scan “through full cover glass and enable sleek, button-free, bezel-free infinity displays.”
In short, the key phrase here is “infinity display,” a screen technology that Samsung uses on its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 and will likely continue to use on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9.
Speaking of which, a report back in November claims that only the Galaxy Note 9 will have an in-screen fingerprint scanner. This is backed up by alleged leaks that show the Galaxy S9’s fingerprint reader at its back.
In short, there’s a small possibility that Synaptics will demo Clear ID on a Galaxy Note 9 at CES 2018, but that’s a big emphasis on “small.” Another report says that the unveiling of the Galaxy S9 at the event is “unlikely,” meaning it’s even unlikelier for the Galaxy Note 9 to show up there. Still, a dummy unit of sorts could be in the cards, but that might be stretching it a bit too much.