Samsung is already in hot water for cancelling the Galaxy Note 9’s biggest upgrade, and now new information reveals Samsung will slash a major feature from the Galaxy S10. But for a very good reason…
In a new report, reliable Korean publication The Bell states Samsung will remove the iris scanner from the Galaxy S10 – a core component in its ‘Intelligent Scan’ facial unlock. But the reason behind this is because Samsung is close to perfecting a replacement 3D face-scanning module which is far more accurate and will compete directly with Apple’s Face ID.
The Bell says Samsung has been working with Israeli firm Mantis on the module and it is very close to being ready for mass production. If it misses production deadlines, however, the report notes Samsung will revert to the iris scanner.
But that’s just the start.
The Bell says the highlight of the Galaxy S10 will indeed be the biggest feature cut from the Galaxy Note 9: an in-display fingerprint reader. With Samsung under pressure from rival Asian brands Vivo and Oppo, who already have phones with this technology, 2019 is the year Samsung catches up.
What won’t change, according to the report, is the size of the Galaxy S10 with Samsung retaining 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch display sizes. That said, the physical size of both phones is expected to reduce slightly as Samsung will cut down its (already slim) top and bottom bezels while still fighting the industry trend of introducing a notch. Bravo.
All of which presents a huge opportunity for the Galaxy brand.
Apple was rightly lauded for the accuracy of Face ID but criticised for removing the Touch ID fingerprint sensor altogether. If Samsung can match the former while delivering the in-display reader many wanted on the iPhone X, then the Galaxy S10 should be a big hit.
Even though we all know it is just the appetiser to the very expensive main course…
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