Samsung Galaxy S10 and not Galaxy Note 9 will be the first smartphone from the Korean giant to feature in-display fingerprint sensor. Samsung is reportedly developing its own in-display fingerprint solution using ultrasonic sensors and was initially expected to introduce it with Galaxy Note 9 later this year. Now, a new report claims that the technology will arrive first on Galaxy S10 next year.
According to Korean news outlet ET News, Samsung is planning to implement the in-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S10. With smartphone getting bigger and bezels surrounding the display shrinking in size, major smartphone makers have been looking for new ways to integrate the fingerprint sensor. Samsung was rumored to introduce the feature with the launch of Galaxy S9 early this year, but the nascent state of the technology might have led to delay.
The report says that Samsung “has been cautious about adopting in-display fingerprint technology”, but has now decided to implement it on the Galaxy S10 next year. The change in Samsung’s stance is mainly driven by aggressive adoption of the technology by Chinese smartphone makers.
Apple was rumored to be the first smartphone maker to implement in-display fingerprint sensor on a flagship device. However, Apple decided to do away with fingerprint sensor altogether when it launched the iPhone X last year. Apple replaced Touch ID with Face ID, a 3D facial recognition system that most iPhone X users have found useful.
Vivo is the only smartphone maker to implement the in-display fingerprint sensor on a commercial available phone. Vivo X21 with in-display fingerprint sensor is now available in major markets like China, India and Singapore. The smartphone comes with an in-display fingerprint made by Goodix.
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The technology is not expected to become mainstream before 2019 since it is expensive, and does now work as well as the conventional fingerprint sensor. Samsung might have been refraining from implementing it on Galaxy Note 9 in order to perfect it for real world use. Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi are also rumored to be working on the technology, and Samsung might be hoping to beat them.