Samsung is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, and as such it's no surprise to see it constantly being the topic of many rumors and speculation. One of the latest tidbits to have surfaced is related to the company's 2019 flagship, presumably to be called the Galaxy S10.
As reported by Korean publication The Bell, Samsung seems to be working hard on a 3D facial recognition technology to rival that of the iPhone X, which was released last year. This gives Apple a significant advantage in terms of time-to-market, and it falls in line with what's been said by parts manufacturers familiar with the technology.
Samsung could also be looking to beat Huawei to the punch, as the Chinese company claimed back in December that it was working on facial recognition technology that's 10 times better than Face ID. And, of course, Apple will also be releasing a new set of iPhone devices this year, which could feature an improved version of Face ID, so Samsung will no doubt be getting into a fierce fight if the report is accurate.
The report goes even further, however, stating that the phone may also include a fingerprint sensor, but rather than have it on the back, it would be under the display, which is something earlier rumors have pointed to as well.
There are some things worthy of note with this report. First, the inclusion of 3D face scanning technology would likely imply a top bezel or notch on the device, which goes against an earlier leaked image claiming to show off the Galaxy S10.
On top of that, both 3D facial recognition and in-display fingerprint sensors are relatively new in smartphones and improvements in terms of speed and reliability are still in order, which would leave the Galaxy S10 with two biometric sensors that users may feel aren't ready for primetime yet. We have also yet to see a device carrying both of these technologies, so the price tag for such a combination could be significantly higher than what we've seen from Samsung's previous flagships.