If information circulating the internet is to be believed, then the Samsung Galaxy S10 could ditch its iris scan for Qualcomm’s under-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. The information comes from leakster Ice universe via twitter. Ice tweets, “Yes, the S10 cancels the iris sensor and the ultrasonic fingerprint is enough to replace it.” In another tweet Ice Universe says, “Compared to optical fingerprint sensors, the S10 ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is faster and has a larger recognition area, and 30% of the screens may be recognized.” The final tweet reads, “In 2019, at least half a year, S10's ultrasound and new screen technology are Samsung's exclusive.”
According to the leakster, the new fingerprint sensor on the S10 will be faster than currently available under-display fingerprint sensors. It will also cover a larger area – about 30% of the screen. This means that users will be able to unlock the phone from a larger surface area of the display. Ditching the iris sensor hints that the S10 may look to shave off some bezel from the top giving the device a higher screen to body ration. It also means that we may see more screen on the front of the smartphone.
As far as exclusivity of the fingerprint sensor on the Samsung device is concerned, this isn’t the first time the South Korean giant is looking to keep a feature to itself for some time. When Fortnite was launched for Android, it was a Samsung sxclusive. You can read more about the Fortnite exclusivity on Samsung devices here.
Samsung unveils its S series of smartphones at the beginning of the year around MWC. So, it is expected that the company will unveil the S10 family of devices at the beginning of 2019. Samsung usually kicks of the flagship trend for the year and we are looking forward to seeing what the company has in stored for us.