Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature 3D facial recognition, in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature 3D facial recognition, in-display fingerprint sensor

Rounak Jain

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is just a few weeks away from the official launch now, and with each passing week, new information about Samsung's next flagship series keeps trickling in. In the latest installment, the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are reported to feature support for 3D facial recognition, alongside an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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. First spotted by XDA Developers, the 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.

The Time of Flight sensor along with the front camera is expected to be housed inside a pill shaped display cutout, which would be a slight variation of the Infinity-O notch that the company showed off earlier last month.

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.