Industry sources confirm Qualcomm as supplier for Samsung Galaxy ultrasonic in-display biometrics

The suppliers for the in-display fingerprint sensors integrated with the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup has been confirmed, according to Android Headlines, with Chinese company O-film Tech and Taiwanese company GIS producing modules based on Qualcomm’s third-generation ultrasonic scanner designs.

The report comes via South Korean outlet ETNews, which cites industry sources, and says the two suppliers will begin delivering ultrasonic modules by the end of 2018.

Recent rumors suggest the foldable Galaxy F will also include an ultrasonic in-display sensor, but Huawei is expected to be the first brand to announce a smartphone with the technology when it launches the Mate 20 in October. The presence of the technology in the Galaxy S10 was confirmed recently, and Qualcomm has been previously identified as the supplier for both the Galaxy S10 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Compared to optical fingerprint sensors, ultrasonic sensors support significantly thicker display glass, and are not affected by wet fingers. The extent to which consumers will value these differences is yet to be determined.

Apple is also rumored to be considering integrating an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in its smartphones in the future.

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