Galaxy S10 to flaunt the world's most advanced in-display finger scanner

Galaxy S10 to flaunt the world's most advanced in-display finger scanner
There are optical fingerprint readers you can tuck under the screen of a "bezel-less" phone, and then there are superior ultrasonic ones. The Galaxy S10 will eventually use the second type, and their third generation at that, which has never been used in a smartphone so far, claims Korean media.

Qualcomm's third-gen ultrasonic sensor is reportedly going to be a major selling point of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10, as it will be embedded in such a high-profile handset and in such mass quantities for the first time.

Granted, there are phones with in-display finger scanners on the market already, like the recent Vivo NEX with its pop-up selfie camera, but it carries an under-glass reader from the Chinese firm Gudix, which is of the optical variety. Samsung will be equipping its midrange A-series with in-display scanners made by Gudix, too, keeping the high-end Qualcomm ones for the S10.

Qualcomm's second generation sensor can work accurately through glass up to 800 microns thick, compared to 300 microns in the first one. We could see what this finger scanner is capable of as soon as the Mate 20 Pro hits the tape, as Huawei has reportedly entered a license exclusivity deal with Qualcomm for it. What will the third-gen specs be, though, could remain a mystery until the Galaxy S10 hits the proverbial shelves.

According to some analysts, Samsung has been reportedly choosing between three types of solutions, a summary of which you can see below, offered by different companies. It may have stopped at Qualcomm's ultrasonic tech, since it works through up to 1.2mm OLED display package, supports navigational gesture recognition, can wake up and unlock your device underwater, and, last but not least, can even detect blood flow and heartbeat for the ultimate in finger biometry identification. As you can see from the comparison table below, Qualcomm's invention can work through thicker layers, so the screen quality and performance is most likely to stay intact compared to the other in-screen finger scanning solutions.

source: ETNews (translated)

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 458; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Poor iphone

3. midan

Posts: 3206; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Poor galaxy

4. notfair

Posts: 774; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Just 2 more days and you can empty your wallet on non sense apple products with ZERO INNOVATION but with a fruit logo on the back which you will cover it with a case because it's a darn expensive fashion accessory.

5. midan

Posts: 3206; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Never used case with any of my phones. Also why you think i need to empty my wallet if i want new iPhone? i get easily 70% price back of my current X if i want to upgrade. Why so insecure and bitter? looks so funny, you really went mad there :D

6. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

You wont even get 500$ for your 2017 iPhone x right now.

7. midan

Posts: 3206; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Then you don't know who to sell

10. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

...unless one gets an iPhone case that has a cutout for the Apple logo in the back. That status symbol is important lol.

2. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Impressive. Here I am considering picking one of the current Samsung flagships in the market and they're already prepping a big bang to be released in just a few months from now. Guess I can wait for the S10.

8. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

They will implement when other smartphones are using face ID

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4369; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Will be interesting to see if ultrasonic fps is as insecure as FaceID is. Or as slow...

11. NateDiaz

Posts: 1093; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

stop using iPhone clones you clown.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Other smartphones already use faceID.. Mi8, Find X, and Mate 20 (released soon) use 3D face unlock.

13. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Samsung bring it on I am really interested in this feature. The second gen version from QC should have been on the S9 and Note 9 but I understand saving it for the tenth anniversary models. When the Note 10 releases I will let go of my Note 8 and move to the 10 as this is one feature I really want.

14. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

I want these 2,3Gen ultrasonic fps get into midrange smartphones soon enough next year in mass quantities.Screw the exclusive deals with samsung & huawei flagship phones.optical fps are crap,slow even to capacitive fps.I tested it on Vico Nex.Honour 10,Leeco Max Pro made use of that ultrasonic fps in cheap price.

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