New Samsung trademark filings may indicate facial recognition coming to Galaxy S10

Samsung has filed three trademarks in Korea which seem to be related to camera functions, and possible facial recognition, of the Samsung Galaxy S10, which is expected to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2019 in February, Dutch publication Let’s Go Digital reports.

The trademarks for the brand names Dynamic Vision, Private Vision, and Detect Vision were applied for on December 6, and have now been published by the Korean Intellectual Property Office. The descriptions included in the filings refer specifically to “motion recognizing sensors,” “biometric security,” and “facial recognition.”

Let’s Go Digital speculates that Detect Vision could refer to a system for detecting the user’s face, and Private Vision may enable users to secure certain documents with face recognition. It also refers to a 2016 report indicating Samsung had been working on developing a Dynamic Vision Sensor. The Dynamic Vision Sensor could reportedly record videos in 2000 frames per second, which could be useful for 3D mapping.

In the run up to the launch of the Galaxy S10, speculation has run rampant, with a recent report indicating that the flagship smartphone line may not include facial recognition in any of its four models. The report did admit the possibility that Samsung has found a way to deliver 3D facial recognition with less holes in the display than are found in the iPhone “notch.” A patent from the company was also recently published showing in-display biometrics integrated into a smart watch.

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