Galaxy S10's in-display finger scanner may detect blood flow and heart rate


Samsung has a 10th Galaxy S down the pipe, and it seems determined to redefine popular flagship smartphone design with it, at least to the extent possible within today's steel-and-glass bodies that abound. The anniversary Galaxy is shaping up to be a powerhouse in terms of internals, with the first 7nm chipset used by Samsung, but it's the design we are most interested in, as the Infinity Display build that debuted with the S8, while still one of the greatest out there, will be old news in the first half of next year, when the S10 is likely to be introduced.

Today, Korean media is reporting once again that Samsung will have at least one ace up its sleeve when it comes to design - a fingerprint scanner that is embedded under the screen, rather than occupying some uncomfortable place below a huge display, or on the back of the handset, as it is now. In-display finger scanners are a perfect solution to many ergonomic ills that currently plague phone biometry, and, if Samsung manages to pull this under-screen reader on a massive scale, that would be quite the achievement indeed, and a step before the competition.

Samsung has been reportedly choosing between three types of solutions, a summary of which you can see above, offered by different companies, and may have stopped at Qualcomm's ultrasonic tech in the end, says an analyst report. It works through up to 1.2mm OLED display package, supports navigational gesture recognition, can wake up and unlock your device under water, and, last but not least, can even detect blood flow and heart beat for the ultimate in finger biometry identification.

The three types of tech that can be utilized - ultrasonic, optical and capacitive - have reportedly been probed by Samsung numerous times since the days of the Galaxy S8, but there hadn't been a sufficiently good solution so far in terms of scale, cost and reliability. However, Qualcomm's new sensor has been sampling to customers since the latter part of last year, and Vivo, as well as Huawei, already have phones on the market with in-screen reader, so, feeling pressed, Samsung has apparently decided that third time is the charm, and we can't wait to see what it has in store for us come Galaxy S10 time.

source: ETNews (translated) & Qualcomm

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18 Comments

1. ijuanp03

Posts: 656; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

This is great news! Better than any face unlocking system where you NEED to raise your device and look into your phone just to unlock it.

3. BuffaloSouce unregistered

You sound like a parrot repeating what’s already been said...Samsung has been using face recognition before iPhone, even if it’s not 3D, and nobody said s**t. Now that Apple uses it as a primary feature on the X, those same people all of a sudden got something to say.

5. white_Shadoww

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 15, 2018

Samsung has been using the face recognition, it always had a fingerprint sensor too. Unlike Apple, if people didn't like the face or iris recognition, they could use the fingerprint sensor. This is why people complain about the FaceID.

11. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

samsung got less crap for it since it has a fingerprint sensor. if it only had facial recognition, it would be crap. i have the iphone x and i struggle alot in cold climates where i wear a face mask and i had to use passcode all the time. this is why a fingerprint sensor is way better and an on screen sensor takes the cake.

16. ijuanp03

Posts: 656; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Did I mention Apple in my statement. Guilty! LOL

2. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Roll on 2019 I'm ready!

4. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Unneeded

7. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Face ID is unneeded and unwanted, this is better, way more secure.

8. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Face ID is needed for Animoji , things like that I mean blood flow and heart rate things are unneeded

13. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Lol, do we even wanted Animoji?

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, how is blood flow and heart rate not a good thing to know if you are not around something else to check it with. I use the heart rate on my note 8 twice a day to log it in case something is going wrong. Animoji's is what is not needed and stupid.

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Actually biometric systems that aside from fingerprint or iris also check for bloodflow and heart rate are much less likely to be fooled by fakes. So there is very much a purpose to adding it. Obviously you can also use it for health related purposes. Animoji is an absolutely pointless feature if you ask me.

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

This is looking very promising

9. FreedaBees

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Steel-and-glass bodies do not abound. Not many phones are made from steel; lots from aluminium. Steel and glass as a phrase, is frequently used to describe skyscrapers.

10. ALMBO6

Posts: 196; Member since: May 28, 2018

Do we really need it? I really don't think so. Just gimmicks that people won't even use and that will make the price of flagships increase unnecessarily. They haven't even managed to give us a flagship that can last a least three days on a single charge yet, and they just keep on adding useless stuff just to increase the price of the phones. Nowadays with most flagship we've got Good Performance, Good cameras, Security and Beautiful Screens. All that's left is the Battery efficiency, and that is what we need the most.

12. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

how is it a gimmick? an on-screen fingerprint sensor is a gimmick? do you also think face id is a gimmick? its called convenience and also smart watches had heart beat and blood flow sensors for a while. if it was a gimmick. those smart watches wouldn't exist. if you don't like it, don't use it, but im pretty sure you will.

15. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Until s7 have display sensor every years

18. Chris_ABN

Posts: 198; Member since: May 16, 2018

Cant wait

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