Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy S10+ next month, but the leaks just don't seem to stop. In the latest reveal, the first live images of the next big thing from Samsung have been leaked. This leak also confirms that Samsung has opted for a hole-punch display for the front cameras, and this one's going to be big.
The first live images of the Galaxy S10+ were leaked on Reddit by a user who seems to have spotted a Samsung employee using a prototype of the Galaxy S10+ on public transport. The leak confirms that Samsung is indeed using a hole-punch display. While initially it was expected that it would house a single selfie camera, this leak suggests that there could instead be two cameras housed in the notch.
Earlier, Samsung had revealed three different notch designs - a regular waterdrop-style Infinity-U notch, a V-shaped Infinity-V notch and a hole-punch Infinity-O notch. This new Galaxy S10+ live image is an extension of the Infinity-O notch, but it is designed in the form of a pill instead. This design can accommodate two selfie cameras instead of the one that we've seen on the Galaxy A8s earlier in December last year.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10 are expected to be powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset or Samsung's own Exynos 9820 chipset, depending on the market. Further, benchmarks of the Snapdragon 855 variant of the Galaxy S10 were also leaked, giving us an idea about what to expect from the next Samsung flagship.
Further, another report has revealed that the Galaxy S10 and S10+ will come with support for 3D facial recognition. While many reports about the Galaxy S10 so far have been based on rumours and leaks, this one is based on actual code found in a Samsung system app related to biometric security. The spotted code reveals that Samsung could throw in a Time of Flight sensor (also present in a few recent phones) to enable 3D facial recognition.
Initially seen on the iPhone X, 3D facial recognition should bring enhanced security to face unlock while also making it more reliable. While Samsung has been using an Iris sensor for face unlock, this might change with the Galaxy S10 and S10+. In simple terms, a Time of Flight sensor works by measuring the amount of time taken for a light pulse to be reflected back to it. After obtaining enough data, the phone will then create a 3D overlay of the face and use it for recognising the user's face next time.
Apart from that, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ are expected to be accompanied by a more affordable Galaxy S10 Lite. These devices could be powered by the Snapdragon 855 or the Exynos 9820 chipset depending on the market. A few rumours have also suggested that Samsung might use an in-display fingerprint sensor at last, after initial reports of Samsung deciding against its usage due to some issues.