Samsung Galaxy S10 Rumored to Feature an Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

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Korean electronics giant Samsung is one of those smartphones manufactures who has so far stayed away from the in-display fingerprint space. With Chinese OEMs, Vivo and Oppo launching back to back smartphones with the all-new technology, and rising interest surrounding the fingerprint sensor, it was a matter of time before Samsung rose up from its slumber and decided to include a similar sensor in its upcoming flagship.

Industry reports suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S10, which is scheduled to launch the first half of next year will not only come with an in-display fingerprint sensor but would beat a number of other smartphones makers, especially Vivo in its own game by using a markedly improved tech. If rumors are to be believed the Galaxy S10 will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor that will be powered by Qualcomm’s third generation ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S10 to Use an Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

The Vivo X21 UD was apparently the first phone to come with an in-display fingerprint reader. Now, even Apple is rumored to introduce the new technology in its iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. While we aren’t entirely sure about the type of sensor Apple is using for its iPhone, it is confirmed that both Oppo and Vivo are using the optical in-display fingerprint reader. Basically, optical sensors are less secure than the ultrasonic scanner, as the former depends mainly on capturing a 2D image of your finger. The latter, on the other hand, rely on capturing a 3D image of the respective fingers and is, therefore, able to distinguish the user’s finger from other by not just looking at the pattern of ridges, but also by taking into the matter the depth between the two opposing ridges.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is rumored to be the first smartphone to feature Qualcomm’s third generation ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. The all-new sensor is touted to come with the capability to accurately work through glasses that are as thick as 800 microns. This is a significant improvement over the first generation of Qualcomm’s ultrasound sensor which could only work 300-micron thick glass. Xiaomi was apparently the first to debut a phone with the new Qualcomm sensor. Apart from the support for working through thicker slabs of glass, the third generation sensor will come with a slew of functionalities such as heartbeat monitoring and blood flow, navigational gesture recognition along with the ability to work under damp conditions.

The next generation Samsung Galaxy S10 is reported to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress that’s scheduled to be held in Barcelona during February 2019.

Samsung May Launch a Mid-Range Smartphone with All-New Fingerprint Tech Later This Year

With that said, the Galaxy S10 may not be the first Samsung smartphone to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Industry analysts believe that Samsung may launch a mid-range smartphone later this year with the all-new tech on board. The smartphone would, however, come with an optical sensor, as Samsung would reserve the ultrasound in-display scanner for its flagship device.


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