Samsung Galaxy S10 gets ultrasonic Qualcomm fingerprint scanner behind screen

Samsung will provide the Galaxy S10 to be released in 2019 with a fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm. This works with a scanner that uses ultrasound. That is according to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who more often makes correct predictions about unannounced smartphones.

Not only the Galaxy S10 will probably be equipped with an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that will be placed behind the screen. According to 9to5Google, Ming-Chi Kuo reports that the number of smartphones with this specific fingerprint scanner could eventually reach 60 million. In addition to the S10, the analyst expects that the Note 10 and ‘high-end’ device from the A series will also have access to this ultrasonic scanner. At the end of May, the Korean ETNews also reported that the Galaxy S10 will get an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner from Qualcomm.

In addition, twitterer and smartphone enthusiast Ice Universe reports based on statements from Samsung’s top man of the mobile division, DJ Koh, that the South Korean manufacturer sees no point in optical fingerprint scanners. According to the CEO, this technology can lead to a bad user experience. There is no further explanation, but the CEO would have said that Samsung could have implemented fingerprint scanners behind the screen two years ago, if a sensor based on optical recognition had been chosen. An example of this is the fingerprint scanner from Synaptics.

Qualcomm announced a year ago that it is developing fingerprint scanners that can be placed behind an OLED screen, glass or metal. This concerns a technology in which ultrasonic sound is used; that reflects off the fingertip in order to be able to read the imprint of the finger. This differs from the implementations used so far, such as the optical scanner from Synaptics.

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