Samsung is already under bombardment for dropping the biggest upgrade to the forthcoming Galaxy Note 9, and now a fresh new intelligence reveals the South Korean smartphone manufacturer will kill a major feature from the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. But for a far very good rationale.
In a latest, the ever reliable South Korean publication The Bell wrote Samsung will completely ditch the iris scanner on the Galaxy S10 – a key component in its ‘Intelligent Scan’ face unlock feature. But the main purpose behind the complete removal of the aforementioned feature is because Samsung is adjacent to flawlessly perfecting a successor 3D face scanning component which is far more precise and will compete directly with Apple’s Face ID that already found on the iPhone X.
Samsung Electronics will incorporate the Fingerprint On Display (FOD) biometric security that enables fingerprint recognition on the display for the first time on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. Currently, Qualcomm, Synaptics, and Taiwanese Institute of Technology develop sensor for FOD. In the mobile industry, Snapdragon chipset maker Qualcomm is the closest to commercializing its FOD.
The Bell added that Samsung has been working with an Israeli company Mantis on its 3D face-scanning module and it is quite near to being deploy for mass production. Should Samsung misses production deadlines for the 3D face unlock, however, the report notes the Korean OEM will return back to the iris scanner.
Furthermore, the Bell states that the best part of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus will indeed be the biggest feature cut from the Galaxy Note 9 — an under-display fingerprint scanner. With Samsung under huge pressure from Asian neighborhood rivals, Vivo and Oppo, who already have smartphones available in the market with this avant-garde technology. The 2019 is the year where Samsung is catching up.
What will not be changed, well according to the Korean news agency, is the size of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus with Samsung keeping the 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch display sizes, respectively.
With all that being said, the physical dimension of both handsets is expected to slightly minimize as Samsung will cut down its the top and bottom bezels while still fighting the mobile industry trend of introducing a notch or a cutout. Samsung has also speculated to be introducing a bone conduction technology which would allow the display to double as an earpiece too. This new bone conduction technology could be commercialized with the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus.