Samsung's Future Flagships Destined for Low-End?; Quality Downgraded by Seeking Local Suppliers for Component?By Anita Valencia, UniversityHerald Reporter
The world-renowned smartphone maker Samsung is reportedly securing a deal with two local suppliers for its future fingerprint scanner modules. Up to 2 million items will be shipped with Samsung's affordable devices.
Samsung could be making a potential shift towards the low-end market as new report suggests that the South Korean giant is looking for local industry to supply its fingerprint reader hardware.
Fingerprint scanner has become a must-have feature in a smartphone. Even a flagship as cheap as Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime owns such biometric security.
As for Samsung, the company obtains its fingerprint sensor from Synaptics, Reuters has learned. However, further report from GSM Arena claims that the Korea-based tech giant is planning to seek smaller providers to achieve the 2-million unit target.
Samsung to gradually shift to more affordable smartphones?
If not recalled, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would be this year's favorite device - sporting two noteworthy sensors, fingerprint and iris. However, it does cost quite a fortune to bring home.
The company's move to find new players in fingerprint reader module might indicate its effort to reduce the costly price of its flagships. Many reports suggest that these fingerprint modules will be shipped with Samsung's less-premium devices, specifically designed for mid-range budget users.
Another claim to support the speculation is that Samsung has opted for in-house for its processor, panels, memory and many other components. Hence, sourcing the biometric module from a local vendor would mean a further cost reduction in the production department.
The speculation, however, also hints at the prevention of any stock shortage in the future. This is especially true in case of Galaxy Note 7 delay which was reportedly caused by the supplier strains and rocket-high demand, Wirelessweek reported. Samsung also faced delay in Galaxy S6 Edge distribution due to the lack of curved panels supply.