Building on several recent exciting revelations, The Elec (who revealed Apple’s new iPhone displays) has revealed that Samsung will give the Galaxy S11 a massive in-display fingerprint reader upgrade. And it could transform the tech.
“For better performance, the Active Area Dimension (AAD) that recognizes the fingerprints is expected to get much bigger,” said The Elec. “Samsung Electronics first adopted FOD [fingerprint on display] for its Galaxy S10, and then the Galaxy Note 10. The AAD in the two phones both measure 36 square millimeters wide. The next Galaxy S phone, dubbed the Galaxy S11, is likely to be fitted with the 64 square millimeters AAD, according to sources close to the matter.”
Yes, doubling the size of the Galaxy S11 in-display fingerprint reader is massive but why does it count as a massive upgrade? Because in-display readers have no tactile guide like a physical reader which means they are far less intuitive to use. The upgrade means users will be able to place their finger anywhere in the bottom third of their phone to unlock it. For something we do 52x to 150x a day, that’s a big deal.
It’s also far from the only Galaxy S11 improvement. We already know Samsung’s next-gen smartphone will have an upgraded design, major performance increases, next-gen memory, (potentially radical) new battery tech and a groundbreaking camera which has a heavy focus on AI. In fact, so sizeable is the camera upgrade it is being dubbed “a new beginning” for Samsung.
Fears do still remain that Samsung will merge the Galaxy S11 and Note 11 into an all-new Galaxy One smartphone but, either way, the future is rushing towards us. And I suspect Galaxy S10 and Note 10 buyers will feel out of date a lot sooner than they imagined.