14 January 2019
Samsung introduced iris scanning biometric authentication with the launch of the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016 and now after two years, it is reportedly all set to ditch the same. A new report is coming from the South Korean publication ETNews claiming that Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy S10 without iris scanner.
The report says that none of the three Galaxy S10 models will feature an iris scanner. The two premium offerings (Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus) will come with Qualcomm's ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. As for the "lite" version, it is expected to feature either optical in-display fingerprint scanner or the side-mounted tradition fingerprint scanner.
The decision to do away with iris scanner is said to have been taken to ensure that the Galaxy S10 has a bigger display area with as minimum bezels as possible. This is in line with Samsung's in-display front camera design where the notch will be replaced by a tiny hole. The same report of no iris scanner has been corroborated by reliable Twitter-based tipster Ice Universe. He said that the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner technology is good enough for Samsung to rely solely on it for security options on the Galaxy S10. It is said to be faster and occupy about 30% of the overall display area.
In 2019, at least half a year, S10's ultrasound and new screen technology are Samsung's exclusive.— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 2, 2018
In another report, the well-known render designer Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) has shared a bunch of Galaxy S10 renders based on the latest leaks and rumors. He has designed these renders what exactly Galaxy 10 might look like with no notch, no iris scanner, and the tiny selfie-camera hole in the center. The result, as you might expect, is quite gorgeous and a device which you would are most likely want to hold, use, and own.
He further tweeted a render comparing the rumored Galaxy S10 design with the current flagship Galaxy S9 and competitor iPhone XS Max. To wrap up, he shared a render showing how the gameplay might look on the Galaxy S10 hole design in comparison to a phone with the notch.
Notch vs Hole 🤔 pic.twitter.com/jDIR6GAsWw— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) October 27, 2018
It goes without saying the Samsung's reported decision to remove iris scanner is a surprising one but the reason behind that makes it a sensible choice. It will definitely interesting to see the Galaxy S10 if it anywhere close to what is depicted in the renders.