One of the features of the Samsung Galaxy S8 that users were lamenting was the fingerprint sensor which was placed somewhat oddly on the back, despite the rumors that suggested it would be embedded in the display itself. It was said that Samsung was working with Synaptics on the technology but could not perfect it in time.
This led to speculation that the Note 8 could “fix” the problem, and recent leaks have indicated as much. However if you were hoping that it would be true, you could be disappointed because in a report on Naver, it seems that the Galaxy Note 8 might not be shipping with an embedded fingerprint sensor either and that they are still running into problems that might not be resolved in time for production.
The report claims that Samsung has teamed up with another company in the form of CrucialTec and will keep working at it, but at this point in time perhaps we shouldn’t get our hopes up. Assuming they don’t make it, it is unclear if this means that the fingerprint sensor will once again be relegated to the back of the phone, or if we will get a home button/fingerprint sensor like in previous models.
In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but if Samsung and Synaptics can’t seem to figure it out, it will be interesting to see if Apple will for its upcoming iPhone 8 which is also rumored to sport similar technology.