Rumor has iris biometric scanner out, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in for Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung may not include an iris scanner in the forthcoming Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone, but will use an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, according to Twitter user Ice Universe, who xda-developers describes as an “infamous leaker.”

The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is expected to launch in early 2019, with in-display fingerprint sensors in all models, though some have been rumored to include optical sensors. Since that rumor emerged, Qualcomm has been identified as the supplier of ultrasonic sensors for the S10, delivering the benefits of supporting thicker display glass and not being affected by wet fingers.

“Compared to optical fingerprint sensors, the S10 ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is faster and has a larger recognition area, and 30% of the screens may be recognized,” Ice Universe wrote in a tweet.

Xda-developers also mentions that rumor has the Samsung Galaxy S10’s front-facing camera under the screen as well, to maximize the display area.

Korean publications suggested in June that the iris scanner may not be included in the Galaxy S10.

Recently published patent filings from Samsung include an optical in-display sensor and a system which senses fingerprints anywhere on the display.

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