TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in his latest investor note says that Samsung will be making use of in-display fingerprint scanner technology for the Galaxy S10 next year. The company will be using Qualcomm’s ultrasound in-display fingerprint scanner instead of the optical in-display fingerprint scanner from Synaptics which has found its way into handset from Chinese OEM Vivo.
The analyst also believes that similar to Apple’s iPhone lineup in 2018, Samsung will be launching three new Galaxy S10 variants next year. The base variant will feature a 5.8-inch AMOLED display, while the other two variants will feature a 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch panel, respectively. While the base variant will continue to house a regular fingerprint scanner, the other two variants will feature Qualcomm’s in-display fingerprint scanner.
Samsung will be “aggressively” promoting the in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10s next year, and it expects the technology to become very popular among consumers which is why it expects to ship 40 million S10 units next year.
Interestingly, Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh has revealed that the company could have used the optical in-display fingerprint scanner on its devices a couple of years ago, but since they offered a poor experience, it avoided doing so. Qualcomm’s solution is based on the ultrasound technology which is different from that of Synaptics.
DJ Koh said that the Galaxy S10 does not use an optical fingerprinting solution because optical fingerprinting can cause a bad user experience. Otherwise, Samsung could adopt it two years ago. We will bring a better screen fingerprinting experience for S10.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 16, 2018
Apart from its flagship Galaxy S and Note series, Samsung also plans on using the in-display fingerprint scanner on its high-end Galaxy A series of handsets. The company’s high-end A series handsets have never offered great price-to-performance ratio but by offering in-display fingerprint scanner technology on them, the company might just be able to lure new buyers.
Along with the in-display fingerprint scanner, Samsung is expected to continue offering iris scanning and face unlock on the Galaxy S10 next year. Whether it makes any improvements to them or just focuses on the in-display fingerprint scanner remains to be seen.
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