A new report says that the Samsung Galaxy S11 fingerprint sensor will be better than its predecessor's. The handset will feature a larger Active Area Dimension (AAD) to improve ease of use. AAD is the area of the display that can detect a fingerprint.
Fingerprint on Display (FOD) is a relatively new technology and currently, only a small part of the display can recognize a fingerprint. This means you have to carefully place your finger on the area which reads the fingerprint. Add to that the fact that in-screen fingerprint readers are already slower than their traditional, physical counterparts.
This means a small AAD increases the time it takes to unlock the phone, even if it's a few seconds. And since most people unlock their smartphones several times a day, those seconds add up.
Galaxy S11 In-display Fingerprint Module Will Apparently Be Procured From GIS
For the Galaxy S11 in-display fingerprint reader, Samsung is reportedly in talks with the Taiwanese manufacturer GIS. GIS is apparently going to supply the company with FOD modules with 64 square millimeters AAD.
This will be quite a leap, as both the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 have an AAD of 36 square millimeters. Of course, the ultimate goal is to make the entire display recognize a fingerprint. GIS is currently working on a 600 square millimeter AAD which is not ready for mass production yet.
However, the technology has already been demonstrated, so it shouldn't be long before it's commercialized.
Unlike most Chinese vendors, Samsung has opted for ultrasonic fingerprint sensors for its flagships which are faster and most efficient than the optical variety. Along with increasing the AAD, we can also expect the Galaxy S11 in-display fingerprint reader to feature some other improvement.
The Galaxy S11 Is Expected To Be A Vast Improvement Over The S10 And Note 10
Even though the Galaxy S11 launch is nowhere near, it already sounds exciting. According to the tipster Ice Universe, even the pre-production unit of the upcoming Snapdragon 865-powered Galaxy 11 with just 6GB of RAM offers a huge performance spike over the Galaxy Note 10.
Moreover, Qualcomm's next-generation chipset is expected to surpass Apple's A13 Bionic. The phone is also likely to feature Samsung's 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM, which is said to be 30-percent faster and 30-percent more efficient than other RAM options.
Samsung is also rumored to be working on graphene batteries that can be fully juiced up in less than 30 minutes. However, if it will be ready in time for the Galaxy S11 remains to be seen.
Other leaks point toward a massive camera upgrade for the Galaxy S11. The phone is tipped to come with a 108-megapixel camera, which seems a bit improbable.
What does seem possible though is the inclusion of a periscope lens that will enable 5x optical zoom on the next Galaxy S series flagship. Additionally, the phone is expected to get something like the iPhone 11 Pro's Deep Fusion feature. On the front, the punch hole is expected to get smaller to improve the aesthetics.
And lastly, there is also a slight possibility that the Galaxy S11 will be released as Galaxy One next year with the S Pen stylus. Grapevine has it that Samsung wants to merge the S and Note lineup. Over the years, the differences between the two series have blurred, so this sounds like a good idea.