Samsung introduced iris scanning biometry with the ill-fated Note 7 and used it in subsequent flagships as an extra to the face recognition function in Samsung's so-called "Intelligent Scan" package. It's not the 3D face-scanning of the iPhone X and some recent phones like the Oppo Find X or the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, and doesn't have the pretenses to be, but Samsung is still ditching it altogether for the Galaxy S10, report Korean industry insiders today.
The thing is that the S10 will be Samsung's first phone with veritable in-display finger scanner, they claim, after it tried and failed to implement it into the Note 9 on time for the summer release (it's been trying since the S8, but we digress). In addition, Samsung is working on slimming down a 3D face-scanning module of its own for the S10, and if it succeeds, both its current face recognition effort that only uses the front camera, as well as iris scanning, will pretty much become obsolete.
There is still a chance that Samsung keeps its current setup if it doesn't crack the 3D-scanning conundrum, developed in partnership with the Israelis from Mantis Vision, so suppliers of the iris-scanning module could quickly ramp up production. For now, however, report the insiders, most other component makers have already been given marching orders for their part of the Galaxy S10 efforts, but the iris scanners needn't apply just yet.
The most interesting take from the whole publication, however, is the fact that display suppliers have been tasked with making two screen sizes for the Galaxy S10 - a 5.8" and a 6.3" panel - so Samsung is going to pretty much continue with the current scheme of the S9 and S9+, but may shrink the bezels even further or apply other shenanigans to increase the screen-to-body ratio compared to the S9, which is pretty compact in its turn.
The S10 is shaping up to be a pretty intriguing device, and we can't wait to see what Samsung has in store with its anniversary answer to all the bezel-less, notch-y tsunami that Android manufacturers are unleashing on our unsuspecting heads this year.
source: The Bell (translated)