Reports indicate no 3D facial recognition in new Samsung flagship smartphones

The highly anticipated forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone lineup will likely not include facial recognition in any of its four models, according to a report by Forbes.

The report cites leaks about the devices’ camera systems published by Korean publication The Bell, as well as analysis by consumer electronics publication BGR, which shows that if leaked specs are correct, than either the Galaxy S10 will deliver facial recognition with less holes in the new Infinity-O display than are used for the light projectors and sensors in the iPhone models with Face ID, or will not support the feature.

Apple has reportedly found a way to combine the FaceTime and infrared cameras, allowing the size of the notch containing the Face ID components to be reduced. The new Galaxy models include two holes of different sizes in the display in order to accommodate the front camera lens and an infrared sensor, but three of them will come with only one camera. The fourth model will include two front-facing cameras, but it is not clear if a flood illuminator or dot projector are included, or where they could fit on the display.

Rumors earlier this year suggested that 3D facial recognition, along with an in-display fingerprint sensor, would replace iris recognition. Reports since seem to confirm the removal of the iris scanner and inclusion of in-display fingerprint technology, and even details of who is supplying the in-display technology.

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