The Galaxy S9/S9+ are still on the shelves and reports surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S10 series are making their way to every nook and cranny of the web. So far, we know that the S10 series will comprise of three variants depending upon the screen size and other specs. Two of the three variants are expected to sport an in-display fingerprint scanner and the third variant is expected to sport a side mounted fingerprint scanner. According to the well-known market analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, the Samsung Galaxy S10, Note 10 and the high-end variant of the Galaxy A series will sport an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.
Huawei, Vivo and Xiaomi are the only contenders on the market with an in-display fingerprint scanner. They make use of Synaptics ClearID technology to implement the same. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Samsung could have implemented a fingerprint scanner on their previous smartphones two years ago if they wanted to put an optical scanner on their phones like the Synaptics one. But since Samsung wanted to use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, it took time and a probable collaboration with Qualcomm to get the tech on a phone.
An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner provides better user experience as compared to the optical scanner. Theoretically, it is possible to use the entire display as a fingerprint scanner in case of an ultrasonic sensor. It also works at times when the screen in dirty or wet. As far as the Galaxy X is concerned, Ming-Chi Kuo declined to comment.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is expected to be unveiled at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019 while the Galaxy X is expected to see the light of day at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2019. Rumours are rife that one of the three galaxy S10 variants will sport a triple camera setup. These are just speculations, but we expect to learn more in the coming weeks.