According to a new report that surfaced in Korea, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus will feature in-display fingerprint scanners, while the smallest S10 unit will ship with a side-facing fingerprint scanner. For those of you who are not in the loop, a report surfaced recently, claiming that Samsung is planning to launch three S10 units next year, the expected S10 and S10 Plus models, plus an extremely compact S10 unit, which should be a competitor to the Xperia XZ2 Compact, in other words, Samsung’s compact flagship.
This new information comes from The Bell, a Korean publication, an in addition to sharing the aforementioned fingerprint scanners info, it also mentions that the smallest S10 unit has a codename ‘Beyond 0’. If the source’s info ends up being true, the small S10 unit will be Samsung’s first smartphone to sport a side-facing fingerprint scanner. We’ve seen such implementation of a fingerprint scanner in a number of devices thus far, including some Sony, Meizu and Motorola smartphones, so it’s not exactly a new tech or implementation, but it’s certainly new for Samsung. Now, if the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus end up sporting in-display fingerprint scanners, it is possible that their price tags will go up as well, as in-display fingerprint scanners are more expensive than regular capacitive ones, $15 compared to $2, according to the provided info.
We do not really have all that much info when it comes to specs, but we’re guessing that all three S10 units will be fueled by the same SoC… well, SoCs, as the company is expected to introduce two different variants of each of those phones, one fueled by the next-gen Snapdragon flagship, and the other with the next-gen Exynos flagship SoC. The Galaxy S10 line is expected to be made out of metal and glass, just like the Galaxy S9 series, though Samsung is expected to trim down those bezels even further, so the Galaxy S10 will be a more noticeable step up than the Galaxy S9 was (compared to the Galaxy S8), at least in terms of the design. The Galaxy S10 handsets are expected to arrive during next year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which means they’ll probably arrive at the end of February.