Samsung to use Qualcomm’s third-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in Galaxy S10
For the last few years, Samsung has been toying with the idea of an in-display fingerprint scanner. According to its Mobile head DJ Koh, Samsung could have implemented the technology with the Galaxy S-series, but the optical readers weren’t secure enough and slow compared to today’s standards.
The new report coming out of Taiwan suggests that the Korean giant might use Qualcomm’ third-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The chipmaker first announced it in June 2015 with a successor coming in July, last year. The third-gen is reportedly in works and finally meets Samsung’s standard.
Unlike optical readers which uses a transparent screen to capture the image of the finger, an ultrasonic sensor allows for a 3D image of the fingerprint’s ridges, which makes it more secure and faster.
Samsung has partnered with Taiwan based General Interface Solution (GIS) and O-Film to manufacture the fingerprint readers in large quantity. Qualcomm usually partners with GIS for new sensor while O-Film has worked with the likes of Oppo and Vivo for optical fingerprint readers.
While we are still months away from the Galaxy S10 launch, the early leaks suggest that Samsung is preparing three models this time around. The base variant will come with a single camera setup, smaller display, smaller battery, and an optical in-display fingerprint reader. The larger two variants are expected to come with bigger screen, battery and an ultrasonic in-display reader. It is also wildly speculated that the costliest model might join the three-camera camp, one first of its kind for a Samsung device.
The Chinese rivals such as Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, and Xiaomi are already leading the trend of in-display fingerprint scanners, but so far, the implementation has been kind of hit and miss in most cases. Here is hoping that Samsung may integrate the in-display fingerprint scanner that’s as fast, accurate, and secure as the current physical ones.