Samsung is eager to bring an in-display fingerprint scanner and 3D face recognition biometrics to its Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus flagship smartphones, according to a reliable Korean publication.
Samsung Electronics has not ordered its suppliers to manufacture iris scanners for the impending Galaxy S10 devices, the report from The Bell wrote. Instead of the aforementioned biometric fount on the Galaxy S9 and Note 8 handsets, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus would use 3D facial recognition, while a Fingerprint On-Display (FOD) scanner would offer a much easier way to unlock the smartphones. Samsung is under strain from other Asia brands Vivo and Oppo, who already have devices with this technology, so 2019 is the year where Samsung should catch up.
Samsung will equip the FOD biometric security that enables fingerprint recognition on the display for the first time on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. To date, mobile chipset maker Qualcomm alongside Synaptics, and Taiwanese Institute of Technology develop FOD sensors. In the mobile industry, Qualcomm’s technology is the closest to commercialization.
Samsung Galaxy smartphones currently have fingerprint scanners on the rear, just adjacent to the main camera, which is quite convenient for users with smaller hands as smartphone have continued to increase in size over the decade.
Apple introduced 3D facial recognition dubbed as Face ID last year with the release of iPhone X, so it’s reasonably investing a lot to catch up with the others in the industry. While a Face ID rival feature did not come with the Galaxy S9 and Note 8 devices, Samsung did introduce its own version of Animoji with AR Emoji. Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics Institute of Technology has partnered with Israeli firm Mantis Vision on conducting the algorithm development tasks required for the 3D sensing module of the facial recognition.
The Bell also said that the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus would keep their 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays. respectively. That said, the display sizes are in line with the current screen sizes of the S9 and its oversize sibling.
The Galaxy Note 9, which is widely expected to be launched in August 2018, will be equipped with iris scanner. Samsung has tried to introduce FOD in Note 9 but it was excluded due to a technical difficulty. According to the industry will abandon its original plan to introduce the FOD to the Galaxy Note 9, which is expected to launch later this year, and instead equip it to the Galaxy S10 in early 2019.
FOD consists of optical, capacitive, and ultrasonic technologies. Currently, To date, Chinese OEMs are using optical technology developed by Synaptics and Gudix. This method recognizes fingerprint bending according to the shade of reflected light by gunning a light source. While the current FOD in the market is relatively easy to implement, the accuracy is poor.
On the other side of the industry, th ultrasonic FOD — which is being developed by Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm and Apple — is a system to capture the minute features of the fingerprint surface using an ultrasound. The parts cost is rather high and the yield is quite difficult to obtain, it is the most stable FOD technology in terms of accuracy and durability.
Apple was rightly praised for the accuracy of Apple X’s Face ID but was heavily criticized for killing the Touch ID fingerprint altogether. Should Samsung can match the Cupertino’s Face ID while also delivering the under-display scanner many have wanted on the iPhone X, then the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus should be a big hit on the market.
It is relatively fit for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, which has to be given “innovation” in commemoration of its 10th anniversary.