Samsung hopes to make an in-display fingerprint scanner and 3D facial recognition happen for its 2019 flagship. The clock is ticking, but both appear to be moving through development on schedule.
The Galaxy S10 would drop iris scanning in favor of the more advanced biometric authentication technologies, according to The Bell.
Mantis Vision, based in Israel, has been brought in to co-develop an algorithm for the 3D facial recognition’s components. Samsung would like to feature the technology in a flagship as soon as possible considering Apple’s growing lead. The Cupertino-based company introduced 3D facial recognition with the iPhone X in 2017, and it’ll remain for the 2018 models expected in the fall.
As for the in-display fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S10 should be among the first mainstream phones to have the technology present.
Samsung will likely have multiple suppliers to choose from for its in-display fingerprint scanner. Qualcomm is closest to having a commercial-ready choice, but Synaptics and the Taiwanese Institue of Technology are progressing as well.
The same report also says Samsung will stick with releasing two models that share most specifications. While the smaller model would have a 5.8-inch display, the Galaxy S9+ would jump to 6.3 inches. Those sizes are identical to what the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ currently boast.
So far, it seems the Galaxy S10 is set to be announced at CES in early 2019. The primary flagship would be moved up a few weeks to let the Galaxy X, Samsung’s long-rumored foldable phone, debut at MWC in February or a standalone event in March.