Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 phablet is almost a year away, but speculations about the company’s upcoming device have increased on the internet. The mobile device is expected to arrive with one feature that Apple’s 10th-year-anniversary smartphone doesn’t have.

According to Business Insider, KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, claimed that the Galaxy Note 9 could be Samsung’s first mobile device to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Kuo stated that the South Korean tech firm is preparing to feature an under-display optical fingerprint technology to its 2018 device.

Suppliers of under-display optical fingerprint sensor

Samsung has yet to decide between a number of suppliers for Galaxy Note 9’s embedded fingerprint scanner. The tech firm has already been receiving component samples from BeyondEyes as well as Synaptics computer hardware company. Samsung LSI and Egis are also competing to win the contract.

If Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 9 with an in-display fingerprint sensor, the company might have an edge over Apple next year. As Apple enthusiasts await the launch of iPhone X, estimates indicate that the handset’s facial recognition technology is ahead of all of its rivals by over two and a half years. But, Apple will launch the iPhone X in November with a Face ID feature but no fingerprint sensor.

Nonetheless, considering Samsung’s smartphones typically hit the shelves ahead of Apple’s devices, there’s a possibility that Samsung will introduce its new technology next year before Apple does. Apple has yet to announce if its upcoming super premium mobile devices will reintroduce a fingerprint sensor. Meanwhile, Samsung has yet to reveal whether the under-display fingerprint sensor will be available on its Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, according to Gizmo China.

Specs of the device

Nevertheless, while the front of Note 8 still has a sliver of bezel at the top and bottom, Samsung might ditch that for the Note 9. The handset is expected to come with a dual camera system, consisting of two 16MP sensors. The device will also feature a 12MP front camera.

The company is expected to launch the mobile device in two variants: a 6GB of RAM and an 8GB of RAM.

The smartphone will be equipped with a 4800mAh battery and an IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. Given that the device will likely be one of the most high-tech handsets next year, the phablet is expected to have a price tag higher than its predecessor.