There are a lot of Samsung fans that don’t like the idea of a fingerprint sensor at the back. They were vocal in their criticism of the move when Samsung decided to relocate the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor to the back. It did the same thing with the Galaxy Note 8 as well. However, if a new patent application by Samsung is anything to go by, the company might switch back to a front-mounted fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S9.

The Galaxy S9 isn’t due until the first quarter of next year so there’s a lot of time before we can be sure about what to expect from this device. Nothing is set in stone so far.

Samsung has filed for a patent with the South Korean authority Kipris. The patent filing details a small depression, basically a notch, at the bottom on the front of the device where a fingerprint sensor would be housed.

Inside the notch, there will be a super-fast fingerprint sensor. The notch itself would be small to ensure that the display remains bezel-less.

Samsung has long been rumored to be working on optical fingerprint recognition technology which would enable the company to place the fingerprint sensor inside the display itself.

However, the technology is reportedly not ready yet, so this might be the second-best solution that Samsung has to restore the fingerprint sensor to its former glory, as some would suggest.

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