Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup might ditch the iris-scanning functionality

Samsung's Galaxy S10 lineup might ditch the iris-scanning functionality
The latest rumor from Samsungland calls for the removal of the iris-scanning functionality on the Galaxy S10 lineup. According to SamMobile, Samsung is about to nix the biometric sensor that got official alongside the very ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 more than two years ago. Up until now, the iris-scanning technology has been part of all flagship Galaxy devices, including both the S and Note series.

Popular leakster @IceUniverse also corroborates the hearsay:

Good riddance, some might say, and for a rather good reason - the iris scanner was pretty much hit or miss initially. While Samsung definitely made it better with time (it even works when the user is donning their prescription glasses now!), it still was a bit more hassle than either fingerprint- or face-scanning, two way more convenient ways of unlocking your phone. Not to mention that it poised health risks...

Okay, okay, but what could be the real reason for this rumored removal of the iris scanner? It takes little imagination to put two and two together, and realize that this change will be commanded by even more limited bezel real estate on the Galaxy S10 and S10+ - there simply won't be enough space at the top to house the infrared LED emitter and sensor.

According to rumors, Samsung could go all out with an design that will reinvent the "bezel-less" term and push the design to such extremes that could command the front camera to be situated under the display, gathering light through a small piercing on the display itself.  This also means that Samsung's good ol' bright and large LED notification light is probably getting the axe as well.

Additionally, Samsung is also very likely to throw an under-display fingerprint scanner, which coupled with face unlock would definitely make an iris scanner redundant and obsolete. Even if such a fingerprint scanner doesn't cut it under the display, a fingerprint embedded right into the power button on the side could be an appropriate Plan B. We've already seen such an accommodation on the mid-range Galaxy A7.

Rumors regarding the Galaxy S10 lineup which would likely consist of three separate devices--a Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10--are only increasing in frequency as the end of 2018 is nearing. The reason for that is the expected early 2019 announcement and release of Samsung's heavy-hitters. If you're curious to know more, rest assured we can deliver: just check out our dedicated rumor overview for the Galaxy S10 family linked right below.

As usual, we will have to wait a little more to see if all these saucy rumors turn out to be true or not. Nonetheless, it's beyond a reasonable doubt that if any 2019 phone should excite you, the Galaxy S10 family is the prime candidate for the job.



1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think S10 should have iris+3d scanning for a great biometric system. FaceID's problem is that it can't discern b/w twins as it's just the 1st gen and doesn't scan your iris, which is different for every person. By having an iris scanner that ALWAYS works in tandem with 3d facial scanning, that problem can be eliminated. I hope some 'genius' brand thinks about this solution. I mean I don't understand why hasn't someone implemented this yet.... it's so obvious that this is an excellent solution!

3. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I don't see the point of having 3d facial scanning if you have a fast and reliable fingerprint scanner. And if it covers a large are of the screen it would be perfect. I mean you have to touch the display either way and with fingerprint you can unlock even before looking at the screen

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I think the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has already outdone the Samsung's yet to come flagship phone S10+. Mate 20 Pro has that futuristic awesome design that most probably S10 is gonna have, it has 7nm SoC too already and all the other interesting features like under display finger print and very accurate IR camera related facial unlocking system.

14. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Guessing something which hasn't released yet is need of the hour for you isn't it? If you remove your hate for Samsung, you will see Mate 20 Pro is same design as S9+ except for that Notch. About the features, 1. S10+ will have faster SOC than Kirin 980, 2. Ultrasonic FPS under display rather than capacitive one in Mate 20 Pro, 3. Better display as with the norm with Samsung in outdoing its own record of best display on a mobile device 4. That awesome Experience 10 UI which is in my books is far better than EMUI of Huawei as it tries too much to be Apple & UI is little mess to me right now. But can't deny the fact that Huawei has done an outstanding job in reverse charging, Fast charging & some very cool video recording modes which No 1 is bragging about. I don't think these 3 features are coming to Samsung anytime soon until Note 10 & some new battery tech.

8. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Ive been thinking about that for a while now. They definitely should combine 3d face scan and iris scan; will really be intelligent scan.

9. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Dude you hit your head or something? Outdone the galaxy s10 with the s9 plus design and apple hideous notch Huawei stole? Gimme a damn break.

16. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Android as OS doesn’t support 3D Face ID only 2D face unlock Google should’ve integrated Face ID with Pixel 3xl since comes with biggest notch(pocket) of notched phone around.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014


4. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

I hope not, the iris sensor is how I unlock the phone 95% of the time and it work flawlessly everything single time even if I'm wearing my glasses or even sun glasses. The only time the iris sensor doesn't work well is if I am in direct sunlight.

5. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Iris scanner works wonderfully on my S8, especially when you figure out the distance which it works perfectly.

7. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I count 6 different holes/sensors on the Galaxy phone. If they do go with the render of one hole in the screen, where will the rest of the sensors go?

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

In the female. Didnt you see the patent? They will drill small holes in the frame and the sensors will be underneath and leak out the holes.

11. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Hope the iris scanner isn't ditched it's very useful.

12. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

I use the 3 combinations, Iris, fingerprint, and face scan for security on my S9+ a and have no problem with any of them.

13. NinoH

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Whatever Are u smoking??? Iris scanning is not remotely secure as Face ID even on galaxy phones you get a warning that the method is not secure as fingerprint sensor. While Face ID is even more secure then fingerprint unlock.

17. ShadowUnleashed

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 08, 2018

I think you're confounding "Face Unlock" with the iris scan feature. Even because it is more secure than Face ID on the iPhone X, actually. Twins can't fool it.

18. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

You can only bypass iris scanning if you manage to take a very close up, high resolution image of that person's eyes, contact lenses over the image, and you also have to steal that users phone.

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

No whatever you are smoking you are completely wrong. Face ID has already been shown to unlock with people with similar faces, whether family member not. Asian shows her coworker unlocked her phone. Iris Scannee is more secure because eyes can't be duplicated period and both of your eyes are also not identical, adding more aecurity. Tou have no idea what you are talking about. You listened to Apple BS marketing and you a totally believe it. I bet you think Face ID is more secure than a fingerprint too. Right? You have 10 fingers that even an identical twin cannot have. But ca have your face and there are plenty of twins on YT showing Apple Face ID fail. Even Microsoft Surface and all Samsung devices can tell twins apart and will never unlock with their cameras. Face ID is not more secure than FOS or Iris. You are completely uneducated about tech.. You need to go read bruh.

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