Samsung’s next Galaxy model may include in-display fingerprint reader

Samsung could release three new Galaxy devices next year, including two models with an in-display fingerprint reader

  • Samsung is expected to launch three new Galaxy S10 models next year
  • The firm is prepping models with a 5.8-inch screen, a 6.1-inch screen and a 6.4-inch screen, with the larger two including an in-display fingerprint sensor
  • The fingerprint sensor would use ultra sound technology, Business Insider noted
  • Claims were originally made by noted smartphone analyst Ming-Chi Kuo
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Samsung could beat Apple to the punch by including a highly-anticipated feature in the next iteration of its flagship phone.

The Korean tech giant is expected to release three different versions of the Galaxy S10 in 2019, two of which may include in-display fingerprint readers, noted smartphone analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes.

One model will feature a 5.8-inch screen, while another will have a 6.1-inch screen and a third will get a 6.4-inch screen, said Kuo, who has correctly predicted Samsung and Apple launches in the past.

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Samsung is expected to release three versions of the Galaxy S10 in 2019, two of which may include in-display fingerprint readers. The S9 features a fingerprint sensor on the back panel

But the rumored feature that’s attracting attention is the supposed addition of a fingerprint on display reader, which would involve users placing their finger on the screen to unlock the phone, according to Business Insider, which first spotted the report. 

Samsung is said to be considering integrating an ultrasonic fingerprint reader in two versions of the S10, which would apply ultrasound technology to pick up objects that are near to the device. 

Only the 6.1-inch device and the 6.4-inch model would include the in-display fingerprint reader, while the base model with a 5.8-inch display will have a fingerprint sensor on the side of the device. 

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Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and previous models feature a fingerprint sensor on the back panel. 

By forging ahead with an in-display sensor, Samsung is giving users more reasons to consider buying a Galaxy instead of an iPhone. 




Samsung may consider integrating an ultrasonic fingerprint reader in two versions of the S10, which would apply ultrasound technology to pick up objects that are near to the device

Apple had reportedly considered including an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor in some of its iPhone models, but is believed to have ultimately trashed that idea after deeming it too expensive to produce en masse. 

Instead, Kuo and other analysts believe Apple will release three new iPhones next year that feature edge-to-edge displays without a fingerprint sensor. 

Without fingerprint authentication, iPhone owners will use Face ID to unlock their device. 

Samsung is expected to ‘aggressively’ promote the fingerprint on display reader, Business Insider noted. 


Apple had reportedly considered including an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor in some of its iPhone models, but ultimately trashed that idea after deeming it too expensive 

The firm has been continuously looking for ways to one up the iPhone in recent years, from potentially building a foldable phone, to developing an improved design of the iPhone X ‘notch.’

Earlier this year, Samsung filed a patent for a device with two holes drilled at the top of the screen, presumably to make way for a bezel-less screen. 

The holes would likely house facial recognition technology, removing the need for a dedicated notch.

On top of that, if it releases a 6.4-inch Galaxy S10, that will dwarf the size of the iPhone X, which has a 5.8-inch display.  

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The Korean tech giant recently filed a patent showing off a prototype smartphone design that features two holes drilled into the top of the screen. 

The holes are likely meant to house cameras and other sensors.


Patent image shows off the device’s design 

The phone is almost entirely bezel-free, except for some very thin borders around the edges of the phone.  

The concept describes an ‘electronic apparatus with a hole area’ that would be able to include all those elements, plus an ‘optical sensor,’ seemingly referring to facial recognition technology of some kind. 

Users would be able to decide whether images take up the full width and length of the display, or to restrict images with a small bezel at the top and bottom of the front screen. 

In the filing, Samsung notes that smartphone screens have become larger, yet the size is ‘restricted’ by features like a speaker to receive phone calls, a camera and a home button. 

If Samsung’s design works well enough, it’s possible that Apple may introduce it to its own line of flagship smartphones, just like it adopted wireless charging after Samsung had that feature for several years.

The patent doesn’t indicate if or when Samsung may introduce a notch-less smartphone.

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