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Report confirms ultrasonic and optical in-display fingerprint sensors in new Samsung Galaxy S smartphones


A Korean report has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be introduced with an in-display fingerprint sensor when it is launched at the end of February, 2019, according to Patently Apple.

A display industry source said that the two higher-end Galaxy S models will have ultrasonic sensors embedded, while the other model will be embedded with an optical sensor. Ultrasonic fingerprint technology could create a 3D image, and Patently Apple says the Korean report notes it is more accurate, and is not affected by grease, sweat, or light.

Optical sensors, in contrast, are about three times less expensive than ultrasonic ones.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently published a Samsung patent application for a system for integrating in-display ultrasonic fingerprint biometrics into smartphones, fueling speculation that it will be included in the Galaxy S10.

Previous reports have also suggested that Qualcomm will provide ultrasonic in-display sensors for high-end Samsung smartphones, including Galaxy S10 models, and that Qualcomm ultrasonic in-display sensors will be featured in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Apple is likewise expected to adopt the technology in the near future.

Onscale CEO Ian Campbell recently explored the future of in-display fingerprint sensors in a Biometric Update guest post.

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