Samsung Galaxy S10 Ditches The Iris Scanner, To Include More Accurate In-Display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor

Major smartphone releases of 2018 are almost done and now its Samsung’s turn to show what they have been brewing all this time. Like every year we are expecting Samsung to showcase the Galaxy S10 in March of 2019.

There have been a lot of leaks and speculations on the Galaxy S10, including the revelation of 3 models. With the introduction of face ID and other solutions which offer a smoother unlock experience it is hard to judge which way Samsung will go. But a recent leak from “ice universe” offers more clarity.

Samsung introduced the Iris scanner in Note 7, but it wasn’t very accurate and now it seems Samsung is ditching it. The Korean company never follows trends, they always have their own way of doing things. They are one of the very few companies who skipped on the notch design and now it seems they will be skipping on face scanning as well.

As Ice Universe reports, Samsung will be going with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. By skipping the Iris scanner, Samsung is showing a lot of confidence in their implementation of the new fingerprint scanning standard.

Samsung spends a ton of money on R&D, and this tweet shows how ahead they usually are of the competition. Even though the One Plus 6T already has an optical in-Display fingerprint sensor, but its not very accurate and it also doesn’t cover a large part of the screen. If information on the tweet above is correct, then we will be seeing a very fleshed out version of the in-display fingerprint scanner which will set benchmarks for the rest of the industry.

Apple Face ID works great for a lot of people, but it also requires a ton of hardware to work, hardware which increases the price of the device. Other face unlock solutions based on software are fast and cheap, but aren’t as secure. Samsung is planning to strike the perfect balance between cost and functionality with the new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Another tweet confirms that this ultrasonic tech will be exclusive to Samsung devices, this means rest of the devices coming in 2019 with an in-display fingerprint sensor will have to stick with the inferior optical ones.

Will This Be Present Across All Versions Of The S10?

It might not be, we know there are three versions of the S10 coming out next year. So to differentiate between the top and low end models, Samsung might include optical sensors in the cheaper devices.

There’s no information on pricing or availability yet, but we will keep you updated. 

Indranil Chowdhury
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