The in-display fingerprint sensor is increasingly gaining traction among Android OEMs after Vivo showcased the technology for the first time at CES 2018, and Samsung may be following suit next year. According to a report from South Korea, Samsung has confirmed that it will incorporate an under-display fingerprint scanner into its next-generation Galaxy S flagship, which is expected to debut in 2019.
Of course, Samsung Display is expected to build the Super AMOLED display for the device while Qualcomm will reportedly develop an ultrasonic solution for the in-display sensor. That means Samsung's version of the technology will be significantly different from Vivo's optics-based solution, in which a fingerprint image will appear at the bottom of the screen. On the other hand, an ultrasonic-based sensor will work to identify the fingerprint features through the changes in the intensity and position of sound waves.
The report also claims the next-gen Galaxy S phone will be the first Samsung device to include the in-display fingerprint scanner. In that case, the Galaxy Note9 won't likely be coming with that feature when it debuts in August, contrary to previous reports.
Samsung has been reportedly studying the technology for quite some time now, dating back to the days when the South Korean tech giant was developing the Galaxy S8 range. The latest report indicates Samsung is ready to commercialize the in-display fingerprint sensor, beginning with its upcoming Galaxy S device, which isn't likely to be called the Galaxy S10 as the company is considering adopting a new naming scheme for its flagship phones.
As well as Samsung, other big Android phone makers are said to be gearing up to add the technology to their respective device offerings, including LG and OPPO, according to market analysis firm TrendForce. Huawei also squeezed an in-display fingerprint sensor into its Porsche Design Mate RS announced last March while Xiaomi just unveiled the Mi 8 Explorer Edition equipped with a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor.