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Samsung Galaxy S10: No Facial Recognition or Headphone Jack

Samsung Galaxy S10:  The device has got all of our attention recently. The internet was full of rumors and speculations about Samsung’s upcoming flagship handset. Some information was confirmed, other details were denied, and there are still many things that remain unknown for now.

The Infinity Displays

We must first talk about Samsung’s Infinity Displays which were recently unveiled. We do know for sure that they will become available for upcoming smartphones, although there aren’t many official details yet. First of all, we have the Infinity Flex display, which will help Samsung release the first foldable phone in near future.

There are four other screens as well. The Infinity-O display (which is believed to come with the Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone), has a round cut-out which is located on the left side of the phone, the Infinity V display which is comes with an angular notch that is shaped like a V, and the Infinity U, which is not that different from the Infinity V, expect that the notch is U shaped.

The chipset

One of the things confirmed by Samsung for the Galaxy S10 is the chipset. The Exynos 9820 was already announced and it comes with a separate hardware AI-accelerator or NPU. This is the latest premium application processor and it will work perfectly for AI applications.

“As AI-related services expand and their utilization diversifies in mobile devices, their processors require higher computational capabilities and efficiency. The AI capabilities in the Exynos 9 Series 9820 will provide a new dimension of performance in smart devices through an integrated NPU, high-performance fourth-generation custom CPU core, 2.0Gbps LTE modem and improved multimedia performance,” declared Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics.

This is a huge upgrade for Samsung, and this chipset will be used to power the Galaxy S10. We already know that Exynos 9820 will come with major improvements. For example, there will be a 40% increase in power efficiency and the performance of the graphics will be improved as well.

The camera performance will also receive some huge enhancements. The chipset will allow recording of 4K video at 150 frames per second. If you want to know just how great that is, the best smartphones are able to achieve right now is 60 frames per second.

Nonetheless, there is some bad news for Samsung fans as well. If we take into account some benchmarks which were leaked, it appears that this chipset was not able to equal the performance of the Apple 12 chipset which is used for iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. But this still does not mean that the upgrade is not an impressive one. The apple chipsets had a couple of years to evolve and surpass Samsung. Meanwhile, Samsung almost managed to catch up, with just a single upgrade.

The notch

New patent images were discovered by LetsGoDigital, a Dutch site. These images allowed us to take a better look at the proposed designs for Samsung Galaxy S10. Most of the images revealed a small hole which was placed in the top left corner of the screen. There are other designs as well, but the Infinity-O appears to be the most popular one.

No facial recognition

Many users were excited to receive facial recognition for Samsung’s 10th anniversary. It appeared that Face ID was finally going to have a rival. Instead, it appears that Samsung has given up on facial recognition. According to Ice Universe, Samsung made this decision because it believes that “the ultrasonic fingerprint is enough to replace it.”

Honestly speaking, the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is indeed different from other fingerprint sensors. The recognition area is larger, and the scanner works faster. Up to 30% of the screen is able to respond to a fingerprint. However, this doesn’t really compare with facial recognition. For some users, this might be more convenient, as iris recognition makes it a lot easier to unlock your phone accidentally, even in the worst moments.

Triple rear camera

The Samsung Galaxy S10 cameras are definitely exciting for amateur photographs. The smartphone is supposed to come with triple rear camera setup. According to some reports, the camera will have a 12MP (1.4-micron pixels) main sensor with f/1.5-f/2.4 variable aperture, OIS and Autofocus (AF). In addition to that, there will be a 16MP (f/1.9) wide-angle lens with 123-degrees field-of-view, and a 13MP (1-micron pixels) telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture, OIS and AF.

Five colours

There is a big chance that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be available in five different colours. Samsung revealed that the Samsung One UI is able to change the colour of the interface based on the colour on the device. Judging by some screenshots presented by Samsung during an event, it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be available in five different colours: silver, green, black, blue, red.

No headphone jack?

It appears that Samsung is thinking seriously about getting rid of all the 3.5 mm headphone jack. This decision would be a permanent one, for all phones after the Samsung Galaxy S10. According to an ETNews source, “ The USB-C port will be left, and a separate conversion jack will be provided for 3.5mm earphone users.” Apparently, this move is caused by Samsung’s desire to maintain its phones thin. We can also expect wireless headphones from Samsung since it purchased the audio company Harman last year.

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