Samsung Galaxy A-Series Phones Tipped to Feature Optical In-display Fingerprint Sensor

The in-display sensor would be procured from the Taiwanese company Aegis Technology, but it is not known which A-series smartphone would get it first.


Although, Samsung is the number one smartphone maker in the world, its recent flagship models failed to make a splash. Perhaps, that’s why the company has increased its focus on its mid-range smartphones, which compete with Chinese budget handsets in the market. The South Korean behemoth has adopted the strategy of bringing bleeding-edge technology to midrangers before flagship models. The recently released Galaxy A9 is the prime example of this approach, as it’s the company’s (and the world’s) first camera to come with a quad-camera setup.

Continuing this trend, it has emerged that Samsung is going to equip an upcoming A-series handset with an In-display fingerprint scanner. The Galaxy A series smartphones are usually released before the S series handsets, which means we will find out which A series device it is before the Galaxy S10 is unveiled in February.

Unlike The Galaxy S10, The Galaxy A Series Device Would Get An Optical Sensor

As per industry insiders, MediaTek’s Goodix and the Taiwanese company Aegis Technology were fighting to secure the contract for making optical In-display fingerprint sensors for the Galaxy A-Series in 2019, and Samsung ended up awarding it to Aegis Technology. Compared to ultrasonic sensors, optical sensors aren’t that accurate and consistent. However, that is not to say that they are mediocre, as the difference only manifests when they are compared to the superior ultrasonic ones. Ultrasonic sensors are costlier, so it makes sense that Samsung wouldn’t be integrating them inside its Galaxy A series smartphones.

The Expensive Ultrasonic Sensors Would Go Inside The Galaxy S10

The Galaxy S series is in serious need of an overhaul. The Galaxy S9 failed to impress, despite being a decent phone, and that is understandable as it was only an iterative update over its predecessor and did not have any groundbreaking technologies. In any case, Samsung has a history of introducing serious upgrades every two years, so it is hardly surprising that it’s going all out on the Galaxy S10.

The company is expected to procure In-display fingerprint sensors from Qualcomm for the Galaxy S10. As mentioned before, ultrasonic sensors are more advanced than their optical counterparts. They are faster and offer a larger recognition area. For greater accuracy, ultrasonic fingerprint readers also capture a 3D image of fingertips. Apparently, Samsung is so confident about the accuracy of the ultrasonic sensor that it is going to ditch the iris scanner.

Meanwhile, Samsung seems to be working on its own In-display fingerprint reader too, as the company has filed a couple of related patents this year. Initially, it was thought that the In-house fingerprint reader would grace the Samsung Galaxy S10, but it seems that it won’t be ready in the time for the upcoming S-series flagship.

As for now, it is not known which Galaxy A series smartphone in particular would be getting the In-display fingerprint reader, but we may find that out by the end of this year or the beginning of the next year.

The Galaxy S10 is expected to be revealed sometime in February, around the same time as MWC 2019, and it will reportedly be released in March. It is expected to be a huge improvement over the Galaxy S9 smartphones shown below: