Samsung Galaxy S10 to have in-display fingerprint sensor in at least one variant

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and its variants are scheduled to be unveiled on 20 February.


Almost ever since the Samsung Galaxy S10 rumours have started doing the rounds online, we have heard about an in-display fingerprint sensor being implemented into the device. In fact, we had heard similar rumours for the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9, as well, but they were just stories. Even for the Galaxy S10, we have only heard rumours, till now.

First reported by XDA Developer, the Samsung Pay app has confirmed that 'at least one' of the Samsung Galaxy S10 variants will sport an in-display fingerprint scanner.

In a teardown of the Samsung Pay app, the publication found two "explicit" references to the presence of an in-display fingerprint scanner on the upcoming smartphone. One was that it carried Samsung Galaxy S10's code name, and the other being a shift in the payment flow window a little higher to make room for scanning the fingerprint on the display.

Samsung Galaxy S10 to have in-display fingerprint sensor in at least one variant

Samsung Galaxy S10 invite. Image: Twitter/Marques Brownlee

XDA Developer supports this 'proof' with screenshots that show the payment flow on Galaxy Note 9, which has the option to choose between PIN or Iris for authentication at the bottom. However, presuming that the Iris scan on the Galaxy S10 will be replaced by the in-display scanner, the layout of the app is being redesigned.

Further, since the code name for all the Galaxy S10 variants is the same, it is hard to tell which one will get the feature, or if all of them will come with the new biometric authentication system. Though it is unlikely that the cheapest rumoured model of the Galaxy S10 — Galaxy S10E — will sport that. The cheaper variant is rumoured to come with a side mounted fingerprint scanner instead.

Having said that, the ultimate proof of what the Galaxy S10 series will be like can only be seen on 20 February, a few days before MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2019 begins, when the smartphones are scheduled to make their public appearance.

For all other rumours related to the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S10 Lite aka Galaxy S10E, read here.

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