Budget Samsung Galaxy S10 may come with a side fingerprint scanner
In the past few days, there has been a lot of rumours floating around regarding Samsung’s 2019 flagship handset — the Galaxy S10. The last we heard about it was that it would make its debut at MWC and not earlier.
This time around, a report from XDA Developers state that out of three Samsung Galaxy S10s that will launch, the entry-level version will feature side fingerprint scanner and not one that is placed in the display like the more expensive versions. The report states that the three variants that will be launched are code-named Beyond 0, Beyond 1 and Beyond 2. With Beyond 0 being the entry-level version, Beyond 1 being the regular Galaxy S10 version and Beyond 2 will be the top of the line variant which will most likely be called the Galaxy S10+. The report states, “The Beyond 1 (Galaxy S10) and the Beyond 2 (Galaxy S10+) will feature Fingerprint on Display (FOD), that is, an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The entry-level Beyond 0 variant is being introduced for the first-time in the S series line-up, and it will not feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. Instead, it will reportedly have a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, similar to the Motorola Moto Z3 Play and past Sony devices. The decision to exclude an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Beyond 0 variant has been reportedly made to cut costs.” With the side-fingerprint scanner, the budget Samsung Galaxy S10 will be the first Samsung Galaxy S smartphone to employ this feature. This sensor is likely to be located along the right edge of the user’s thumb. The Fingerprint on Display is by far the biggest differentiating factor between the handsets and with this being Samsung’s first attempt at this technology; it will also be expensive.
It is said that an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Samsung Galaxy S10 will costs USD 15 (about Rs 1031) and it is seven times more expensive than the USD 2 cost of a regular fingerprint sensor. The report goes on to add, “Qualcomm is said to be the supplier of sensors needed for FOD, according to the report. Modularization of Qualcomm sensors is being done by O-Film, a Chinese camera module maker. Samsung Display is said to be receiving modules from Oh-film and attaching it to the back of the OLED panels of the Galaxy S10 series.” As of now, these rumours should be taken with a pinch of salt as there is quite a bit of time before the Samsung Galaxy S10 will make its official debut.