The Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a Qualcomm ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor
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  • The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 is said to have one of the best in-display fingerprint sensors.
  • The Galaxy S10 will use a Qualcomm third generation ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
  • The ultrasonic sensor can take a 3D scan of the finger and is resistant to dirt and grime.

We know that Samsung is hard at work on the Galaxy S10 and there have been rumors doing the rounds that Samsung will be including an in-display fingerprint sensor in the upcoming Galaxy flagship. Going by ground reports, we are hearing that Samsung’s implementation will be one of the most advanced ever seen in a phone.

The Taiwan Economic Daily reports that Samsung will be using the third generation Qualcomm ultrasonic scanner. What’s the big deal, you ask? An ultrasonic sensor can take a 3D image of your finger compared to a 2D image from an optical scanner. The 3D image makes it difficult to spoof the fingerprint and is resistant to dirt and grime on the finger. Samsung’s implementation could very well be the first time we get to see Qualcomm’s third-generation sensor in action. An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner can also detect blood flow and heart rate implying easy incorporation of health features without additional hardware.

The third generation sensor also is vastly improved over the previous iterations. The first generation sensors could scan surfaces up to 300 microns while the second generation sensors could go up to 800 microns. Apparently, the third generation can penetrate even thicker surfaces such as glass, which means that Samsung would not have to compromise on the display panel for incorporating it.

The Vivo X21 UD showed off one of the first implementations of in-display fingerprint sensors back during CES 2018. With a major OEM like Samsung taking the in-display sensor seriously, we could see this technology become the talking point of 2019 just as thin bezel displays were in 2018. Alongside the Galaxy S10, we also expect to see Samsung announce the foldable Galaxy X sometime next year.

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