The Samsung Galaxy S10 has been subject to a rumour blitzkrieg over the past few months. Everything from the number of cameras (allegedly five) to the CPU (a beastly Exynos 9820) has been leaked. Now, fresh details have emerged about the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Apparently, it will be Qualcomm's best and most powerful sensor to date.
According to a report on the Korean tech site ETNews, Samsung has signed a deal with Qualcomm to bring a fingerprint-on-display (FOD) scanner to the Galaxy S10. This latest leak backs earlier reports about an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor developed by Qualcomm.
Qualcomm's sensor works by sending ultrasonic sound waves to penetrate the skin and create a 3D model of fingerprints. It can also work through 400 micron glass and metal which makes it well suited for smartphone display technology.
Another day, another yammering Samsung Galaxy S10 rumour. Today's noteworthy leaks centre around a trio of front-facing cameras (or was that yesterday?), a 3D-face scanner, an "absolute ripper" of a CPU and a fingerprint sensor embedded right into the display. Here's everything you need to know.
In addition to the obvious benefits of a FOD scanner, the eschewing (or second-stringing) of face unlock will allow Samsung to produce a truly bezel-free display. A leaked photo from Ice Universe strongly supports this notion.
While a front facing camera is still expected to feature, it seems probable that a pop-up solution (similar to the Oppo Find X) will be employed in place of an obtrusive notch.
Personally, we're not sure what we think about in-screen fingerprint sensors. While the concept is pretty cool, it presents yet another reason to keep constantly touching your phone and covering it in finger grease. Also, what happens if your phone gets a crack? Will it still be responsive? We will likely need to wait until early 2019 to find out.
For better or worse, an increasing number of smartphone manufacturers have embraced the notch. Making its debut on the Essential Phone before exploding into the mainstream with the iPhone X, it allows phones to have a 'bezel-free' display without compromising the camera, sensors or other front-facing components.
Some people consider notched displays to be a necessary evil. Others think they're an abomination. Whichever viewpoint you prescribe to, it turns out you can have an edge-to-edge screen without relying on a notch - all you need is a pop-up camera. Genius.