It may only be September, but it’s never too early for rumors about Samsung’s next big thing, in this case, the Galaxy S10 that we expect to see launching in early 2019. It’s long been rumored that Samsung is looking at using in-display fingerprint readers, something that was touted for both the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 but didn’t happen. This time, the rumor could come true, with Samsung tapping Qualcomm for its latest and best in-display fingerprint sensor.
Qualcomm’s third-generation ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is said to be both faster and more accurate than ever before, which makes sense because who would purposefully create one that performed worse than the previous gen? The ultrasonic sensor works by pinging an ultrasonic pulse against the finger, tracing every ridge and pore which results in a 3D reproduction of the fingerprint.
If ETNews is correct, the Galaxy S10 could be Samsung’s first device to sport an in-display fingerprint reader, although the Galaxy X smartphone with its foldable display that is rumored to be announced later this year might pip it to the post. There are also rumors pointing to Samsung launching a mid-range handset in China that may also sport the in-display sensor. Whichever way you cut it, it looks like Samsung committing to using this new type of fingerprint sensor. Of course, it may be that the in-display fingerprint reader will only be present on the higher-specced Galaxy S10 device, as with regular Galaxy S9 making do with a single rear camera while the Galaxy S9+ sported a dual rear camera setup.