Samsung will include an in-display fingerprint sensor on all versions of the next-gen Galaxy S10 handset, according to new reports. Word out of Samsung8217;s Korean homeland suggests the highly-anticipated tech breakthrough will appear on each of the three expected variants of the flagship phone.
The Investor reports (via SamMobile) the two high-end models will get an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor potentially supplied by Qualcomm. The entry-level device will have an optical fingerprint embedded into the display, the sources say, which will help keep the costs down.
Well, the ultrasonic in-display sensor maps the individuals unique print by transmitting an ultrasonic pulse against a digit placed upon the display. This is more accurate than optical technology, as it is able to capture a 3D reproduction of the fingerprint.
The optical tech is three-times cheaper than the ultrasonic tech. It collects a 2D image of the print and is thought to be less reliable when digits are damp, dry or mucky. This is the tech that has appeared in the Vivo Nex S smartphone, which is currently on sale in China. In his review of the phone, Trusted Reviews editor Evan Kypreos said the feature was a little hit and miss.
8220;It’s a wonderful bit of future-tech that’s falling slightly short of the mark. When it works, it’s fast and stylish. The issue is that the miss rate is a little too high, meaning you’ll need to type in your PIN several times a day to get access to the phone. I’ve yet to figure out the issue. Sometimes, it will work fine in bright sunlight; sometimes, it won’t. At other times, in the dark, it will refuse to unlock, but the following evening it will work a treat. Perhaps software tweaks will improve matters.8221;
Recent murmors have suggested Samsung will launch a trio of S10 devices, after a few years of going with one standard and one larger 8216;Plus8217; device. Reports back in June said Samsung will planning a super high-end model with a triple-lens camera and a 6.2-inch display, while the other two will offer 5.8-inch displays, according to the report out of Korea.
Should Samsung opt for this strategy, it could encourage greater adoption at different entry points in the market. Samsung8217;s flagship sales sagged with the Galaxy S9, which is somewhat of a commercial flop by the firm8217;s very high standards.
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