Samsung may have only recently launched the Galaxy Note 9, but the Galaxy S10 rumor mills are on full swing. If reports are to be believed, the Galaxy S10 lineup will bring about the most significant changes. A rumored highlight of the upcoming flagship smartphone has yet again surfaced online.
South Korea’s TheInvestor reiterates that Samsung will be introducing three models of the Galaxy S10. It also confirms that all three models will boast an in-display fingerprint scanner. But what’s worth noting is that the tech behind the sensor will differ. As per the report, the two high-end Galaxy S10 models will boast an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, while the base variant will feature an optical fingerprint scanner.
The ultrasonic scanner, presumably supplied by Qualcomm, works by transmitting ultrasonic pulses to map the unique prints on one’s finger. The optical scanner, on the other hand, functions by capturing 2D image of the fingerprint. The ultrasonic sensors are no doubt more accurate, as the optical sensors’ accuracy can be affected by wet or dirty fingers.
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As far as costs are concerned, optical scanners are said to be nearly three times cheaper than their ultrasonic counterparts. This would explain why the cheapest of the three models will have to be content with an optical sensor.
Apart from the fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy S10 is believed to boast another first-time feature. Based on previous reports, the Galaxy S10 is likely to feature a triple-camera setup at the back. While the concept is no doubt inspired by Huawei’s P20 Pro, the functionality will differ. Samsung’s setup will include a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, a secondary 16-megapixel super wide-angle sensor, and a tertiary 13-megapixel camera telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom.