Further details about Samsung Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner pop up

Further details about Samsung Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner pop up
By now, multiple sources have fueled the rumor mill with the hearsay that Samsung will employ a under-display fingerprint scanner on its Galaxy S10 and S10+ heavy-hitters. We've  also heard through the grapevine that Samsung's solution will rely on a ultrasonic sensor. That's unlike the few devices that under-display fingerprint scanners these days, as those utilize an optical solution.

Popular leakster @IceUniverse just chimed in with some rather intriguing details about the possible fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10/S10+. Aside from corroborating the ultrasonic solution of Samsung's upcoming flagships, the leakster also says that optical fingerprint scanners are 30% slower and have a much lower recognition area, which are both two key aspects of the already-blossoming new biometric functionality. Yes, we've tested devices with optical scanners, and while they have a very high success rate, they can hardly hold a candle to regular fingerprint scanners or face-identifying solutions in terms of speed.

Additionally, it's said that Samsung will enjoy an exclusivity for both ultrasonic under-display fingerprints and its "new screen technology". What this one might be, the leakster keeps mum, but we have a hunch it could be the rumored all-screen design with a pierced display that houses the front-facing camera below the glass of the display itself.

With the earlier news that the iris-scanning technology could get the kibosh, all of this sounds very logical - there's a point where you can have one too many biometric features on deck - given that the Galaxy S10 will likely feature an under-display fingerprint and face-unlock, the irksome iris scanner is set to become redundant at best.

As we know more, so will you.



1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Yea baby

23. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

My last post was deleted by PhoneArena. This finger print sensor is suppose to be from Qualcomm, and it's the ultrasonic finger print scanner. It's suppose be the best scanner in the business. Plus it has the highest security to the point that you cannot copy someone's finger print. It scans some of the inner structure of the users finger. So users cannot copy that.

2. someguy2261

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Yea buddy

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I read the "30% of the screens may be recognized" as 30% of the screen has the ultrasonic sensor. His wording is kind of confusing.

5. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Yes, that's what he means. English isn't his primary language, that's why the confusion.

4. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

30% of the screen, a whooping 1/3rd of the screen will recognize your finger instead of a tiny area. That's actually very cool.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I must honestly say that my iris recognition works very fast.... Idk why people say that it is slow. Having both won't hurt.... Note 10 for the win.... Gs10 as well lol

10. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Is it the whole "lining up" thing that bothers them? I don't have it on my Note 5 so I'm not sure what the issue is. Also, the design is apparently 1 hole in the screen so they need to reduce the amount of sensors up top.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I never have to line it up anymore. When I unlock with it, i simply look at the screen and it just unlocks. Maybe it works quick because of how i naturally hold my phone. Many times it quickly unlocks even before I get it in position because as soon as I grab, I'm already looking in the general direction. Samsung Iris Scanner is certainly faster than Face ID, but not a standard FPS. But at least when it unlocks it takes you directly to the home screen. Also I noticed that basically when you use the Iris Scanner, the reason it goes directly to the home screen is because, you have already swipes first to unlock, and then the Iris Scanner is like a confirmation of that gesture. So technically Iris Scanner and Face ID are about the same speed and it's a similar but opposite gesture. It would be nice to see what under the display one will do in addition to offer secure unlock and payment options.

15. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Gotcha. It seems like the fastest unlocking method is the OnePlus 6/6T face unlock. It's obviously not as secure as Face ID or a FPS, but it's crazy fast. It also takes some effort for a person to print out a facial image of someone just to get in said person's phone. I still prefer a front FPS since I work at a desk and I don't want to pick up my device every time I need to unlock it, so I'm definitely looking forward to Samsung's ultrasonic FPS. Thinking about Samsung's ultrasonic FPS, I wonder if you'll be able to place your finger in that area while the screen is off (or always-on-display is on) and it automatically opens up to your home screen, or you have to hit the power button first, then place your finger where the scanning area is at. I would find it much more convenient if they went with the first option.

6. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Hoping they will release a smaller S10 version. 16:9, 5.2" flat display with 80%+ screen to body ratio. Holding on to my S7 because there isn't anything better with same or smaller body size.

7. BGChicago

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

And because I know it will not happen, I am continuing the letter to Santa - fit 3500mah battery by making it thicker, 10-11mm with rounded back will do. Rugged back with removable battery. And Santa, please don't forget the headphone jack. You can leave the notch home.

9. izobr

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 29, 2018

Iris scanner is a lot more useful in cold countries.

13. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Or cold States

11. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The NFC need to place top of the phone, it is so natural.

14. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

All OEMs, get out your photocopiers. Of course one company that lied and claimed they were ever working on an In-screen FPS solution, will now act like its ground breaking technology and then claim they've been working on it all the time.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If this is all it takes to get you wet you have seriously low standards for your favorite Korean conglomerate. If Sammy thinks that putting a FPS in a screen is all it takes to get higher sales, they’re in for a very rude awakening.

18. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

And if Apples thinks by just putting best 'Processor in Business', it can out do every single thing in the planet, then they're in for a very awkward awakening.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7506; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They’re already outdoing everything on the planet so... ???

22. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

You are too poor to afford either, so why are you talking?

17. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

If it is coming from @UniverseIce & considering its good track record lately, I think this is going to be best feature for at least 7-8 months in 2019 until china starts to copy. Boy this is turning out to be a beast. My Note 9 already started feeling old to me but I can't deny the fact that nothing can come close to S-Pen & dude it is just dope for me.

20. Trickzter

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

I was thinking of buying the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but with the screen issues it's having, I'm going to wait for the S10 now.

21. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I need that iris scanner for certain situations. It is very useful, please don't ditch it.

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