Optical in-display fingerprint sensor for 2019 Galaxy A-series devices is reportedly a done deal
The company could actually unveil a pair of new Galaxy A-series mid-rangers with both tiny notches and in-screen fingerprint scanners before the S10, according to recent gossip and a fresh rumor out of Korea (translated).
Insiders claim a deal has been reached for the supply of optical fingerprint sensors to be used on the Galaxy A family at an unspecified time next year. While Samsung plans to integrate a state-of-the-art Qualcomm-made ultrasonic solution into the Galaxy S10, this slightly humbler optical technology for future Galaxy A-series releases is likely to come from a China-based company called Aegis.
Optical in-display fingerprint readers are generally considered less accurate and reliable than their ultrasonic counterparts, which have been harder to mass-produce until recently and are still significantly pricier.
Even so, if mid-range smartphones start getting “invisible” fingerprint recognition mechanisms as standard features, that could be seen as a game changer. Especially when the aim is to further reduce bezels with Infinity-O, Infinity-U, and Infinity-V designs.
It remains unclear exactly which upcoming Samsung Galaxy A-series phones could sport in-display fingerprint sensors and what kind of a notch implementation they’ll end up adopting. It also feels somewhat unlikely now that the “budget-friendly” Galaxy S10 variant would go for a side-mounted biometric recognition method. Unless, of course, the Galaxy A70 and A90 are set to cost more than this S10 Lite. We'll just have to wait and see.