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Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor may be mounted on the side

If recent reports are to be believed, Samsung is going to release three different models of the Galaxy S10 next year. The company is expected to launch an entry-level model of the Galaxy S10 in addition to the successors of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. Previous reports have suggested that this entry-level model may only feature a 5.8-inch flat Infinity Display while the other two may feature 6.2-inch and 6.44-inch curved Infinity Display respectively.

Samsung is expected to introduce its in-display fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S10 next year. Word on the street in South Korea is that the display-based fingerprint sensor may only be present on the two premium models. The entry-level model is said to feature a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor

Samsung got rid of the home button with the Galaxy S8 and relocated the fingerprint sensor to the back alongside the camera. It later did that for the Galaxy Note 8 as well. The Galaxy S9 maintains the status quo and so will the Galaxy Note 9.

The in-display fingerprint sensor is widely believed to be one of the new technologies that Samsung introduces with its 10th anniversary flagship. However, a report out of South Korea claims that this technology may not be present on the rumored entry-level Galaxy S10.

One would have expected Samsung to keep the fingerprint sensor at the back for this device in that case but it’s claimed that the company will move it to the side of the smartphone. If the claim is accurate then the fingerprint sensor would be placed on the frame of the device itself.

Some other manufacturers already put the fingerprint sensor in this place. Some Sony flagships have a fingerprint sensor in the power button that’s on the side. Motorola and Vivo have placed it below the power button on the frame.

Samsung will likely limit the in-display fingerprint sensor to the two premium models so that the entry-level model can be priced competitively. Not opting for expensive components such as a curved Infinity Display and a display-based fingerprint sensor will help with that. It may very well be the aim with this model, to lower the cost of entry for customers looking to switch to its flagships.

Samsung is yet to confirm, though, if it’s going to add a third model to the Galaxy S lineup next year. The Galaxy S10 is due in February at the Mobile World Congress 2019.

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pedrinho1977
pedrinho1977

Wasn’t Sony that was the first one to put the fingerprint sensor on the side? Now that they moved the sensor to the back Samsung it’s moving theirs to the side.

Lao
Lao

As I said in a previous comment, Huawei is coming fast. I hear a lot of people saying they will switch to Huawei if S10 will be just an (small) improved S9. And even S9 was just a small step from the S8, leaving a lot of customers without the need for an upgrade. It will be the same if S10 isn’t coming with something spectacular.

djcbs
djcbs

Side mounted or in display, both are better than a rear mounted FPS. So I’ll be fine either way. I still think it’s stupid of Samsung to create 3 S10 models with segregated features. They should keep everything exactly the same and change only the size. A 5″ one, a 5.8″ one and the +6″ one. Or just release two, with 5″ and 6″ and be done with it. Feature segregation will only irritate fans. People like me who hate big phones will be p*ssed off if they keep the in display or triple cameras to the oversized models. And… Read more »

_alex_
_alex_

no sense, i have S8, so if i choose S10, i will pay a lot to have again 64 gig, 4 gig of ram and a single camera…even without curved display??
Plus models are to big for me…. so no innovation on cheaper(i want to see how much CHEAPER Sammy means) S10.
Other brands higher specs and less money…. bye bye sammy….
Just compare the S4 price when out(699euro) to S8(749).
S9 was 899, now a cheaper S10 what?
Sammy is becoming Apple, copying from them even so high prices)
🙁

santeripe
santeripe

Makes sense, they can make the design look more unified between the 3 models if the model that doesn’t have an in-screen scanner has it hidden on the side instead of being on the back. Power button probably?

woody365
woody365

They should be consistent across the board in the technologies they use in their flagships. What about the people who don’t want a massive phone but wants the best specs. Then again they will probably bring out some small A series phone with the S10+ specs not long after. Way to go.

santeripe
santeripe

A-series phones don’t have powerful hardware, the A8 2018 benchmarks in AnTuTu only less than half of what the S8 (released almost a year beforehand) benchmarks. The entry-level S10 isn’t only about having a small phone, it’s about excluding the most cutting-edge tech to bring the price down for someone who still wants speed, but doesn’t need flashy things like a curved display or a fingerprint scanner in the display. It’s not a mid-ranger like A-series phones are, but it’s not massively expensive.