Samsung Galaxy S10 to ditch iris scanner for advanced in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung Galaxy S10 Mockup
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The Samsung Galaxy S10 is shaping up to a more exciting reboot than the Galaxy S9 was last year in every way possible. The latest news is that the handset is going to ditch the iris scanner in favor of an under-display fingerprint reader.

This makes sense, since it increasingly looks like Samsung is going to embrace a full-screen design for the Galaxy S10. The selfie camera might get a hole, while other key sensors might be fitted underneath the screen. ETNews (via GSMArena) suggests that the iris sensor won’t be around in keeping with this style.

Samsung Galaxy S10 In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

The iris reader has been around in Samsung’s high-end phones since the Galaxy Note 7. It’s bundled alongside face and fingerprint scanning in recent Galaxy flagships to provide users with 3 different biometric unlocking choices. It appears consumers will have to settle for just the last option in the Galaxy S10.

However, not all the fingerprint scanners will be created equally. The report claims the standard Galaxy S10 and premium Galaxy S10+ will both run on Qualcomm’s superior ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor and the entry-level Galaxy S10 will have an optical or side-mounted reader.

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Noted tipster Ice Universe chimed in recently on Twitter to offer his own predictions about the next Samsung flagship. He claims the device’s ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is faster than optical solutions. Plus, it has a bigger recognition area so over 30% of the smartphone’s screen will register a person’s fingerprint.

Most of the handsets with under-display fingerprint readers keep the scanning area restricted to a single spot. Samsung’s system should be more convenient since it won’t be limited to a small circle on the display. The company is apparently going to keep the technology behind it exclusive to the Samsung family, so you won’t be seeing it in other devices.