The Xiaomi Mi 8 could be released instead of the Mi 7 or shortly after the company's long overdue next flagship phone with groundbreaking in-display fingerprint recognition in tow.
Samsung reportedly wants its in-display fingerprint scanner to be significantly more accurate and durable than existing optical solutions, thus holding it off for the Galaxy S10 next year.
Up for grabs only in China at the moment, the groundbreaking Vivo X21 with under-display fingerprint recognition technology is set to expand to Singapore later this week, also heading to other "global" markets in the near future.
It's not just Samsung, but Huawei and other Chinese smartphone vendors that are trying hard to make in-display fingerprint recognition work, as 3D facial authentication methods remain expensive and risky.
Samsung probably hasn't decided yet if the Galaxy Note 9 will adopt under-display fingerprint recognition technology or not, and insiders believe yes is still very much an option.