Samsung has allegedly taken a new page out of the books of the competition and plans to include a 3D sensor in the forward-facing camera of its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus flagship devices. That's according to a new tweet from "Ice universe," who took to the Twitter platform with the news on October 12. It should be said that, as is almost always the case with leaks, the new information should be taken with a degree of skepticism - particularly in cases where there is no firm evidence or source provided to back the information up.
With that out of the way, the inclusion of a 3D sensor - which the poster in question goes on to describe as functioning similarly to how the one on Apple's iPhone X does - wouldn't be altogether surprising. With the iPhone X the sensor is used to assist in facial recognition, making security protocols built around biometrics tied to the technology much more accurate than what is currently available elsewhere. Samsung won't necessarily drop support of its fingerprint sensor, especially with consideration for how much effort the company has put into trying to get one in place in the display itself. However, including a 3D sensor for security would seem to be a reasonable way for Samsung to offer one more layer of protection for users to choose from.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus may still be at least four months away, but rumors have already been circulating quite a bit about what the device will look like and what features they will offer. As to the latest speculation about these devices, it has been suggested that they will arrive powered by a new Snapdragon 845 SoC in the U.S., while world-faring versions will see an updated Exynos SoC on board. If the leaks bear any truth, the device is also expected to continue along the trend set by its predecessors in terms of downsized bezels surrounding the display and the 3D sensor will be linked up with a camera array built in-house by Samsung. Finally, it has been put forward that variations of the devices will feature a minimum of 6 GB of RAM, coupled with at least 64 GB of storage.
Galaxy S9 will use 3D sensor front camera
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) October 12, 2017