Samsung has decided to jump the gun and confirm the Galaxy S10’s biggest change – an in-display fingerprint sensor. Not only did it do that, it also confirmed the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy A series would get hold of the technology as well.
All this went down at an event in China where Samsung Mobile head DJ Koh and Samsung CEO Guo Minghao were present. Frequent tipster Ice Universe took to Twitter and Weibo to share the news. According to him, Koh told the audience that the Galaxy S10 doesn’t utilize optical fingerprint scanning because it creates a bad user experience.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning
If it were not for this, Samsung would have adopted it 2 years ago. Koh then promised to bring a better fingerprinting experience for the S10. He doesn’t appear to have actually mentioned what it would be, but Minghao did.
The CEO said that Samsung is going to get on board with ultrasonic fingerprint sensing for the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, and Galaxy A series next year. In simple terms, optical scans utilize light to measure distance, while ultrasonic scans utilize sound. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Samsung has been working on this tech for a long time, so it will hopefully come out with something groundbreaking. Rivals like Vivo and Xiaomi have already beaten it to the punch, but the South Korean brand has the advantage of an international reach and brand recognition.
The Galaxy S10 series will probably be launched in 3 different models – a 5.8-inch budget version, a 6.1-inch standard version, and a 6.4-inch premium version. Only the latter pair are set to get an under-display fingerprint reader. The entry-level variant may have to settle for a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Koh also took some time out to talk about the Galaxy Note 9. He says the S Pen has gained a bunch of improvements, specifically highlighting new gaming features. Rumor has it that the stylus is going to ship with Bluetooth support.