Samsung is already ready with its next flagship smartphone lineup – the S11 smartphones. The new variants in the ‘S’ series of smartphones are expected to have an in-display fingerprint sensor like the S10 and Note 10 devices, but with a change. The new sensors will have a much larger active area than the previous ones. This will make it easier for users to unlock their devices using fingerprint authentication.
The in-display fingerprint sensor was devised to replace the physical fingerprint sensors, which was earlier located in the home button or on the back of the device. The in-display fingerprint sensors tackled the problem of bezel-less devices but were not as accurate and fast as physical biometric sensors. The new in-display fingerprint sensors expected to be featured in the Galaxy S11 will most likely solve these issues.
Furthermore, Samsung is going to merge its Note lineup into the Galaxy S lineup next year. The larger fingerprint sensor may be available in the bigger screen sized variants which will replace the Note 11. The new under-display fingerprint sensors will be manufactured by GIS, which provides integrated touch display solutions for various smartphone makers like Samsung, Oppo, Xiaomi and more.
GIS has been developing the technology of Fingerprint on Display (FOD) for quite some time and the latest sensors are expected to work regardless of whether users have water, dust or any other foreign material on their fingers. They develop FOD solutions based on Qualcomm’s chipsets, so their FOD modules are compatible with any device that has a Qualcomm processor. The Galaxy S10 had a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, and the S11 is expected to have a Qualcomm SoC too.
The S11 will be armed with a 64 sq.mm. fingerprint sensor, which is the largest under-display fingerprint sensor we’ve seen in a smartphone till date. It is also the largest FOD that the chipmaker can produce at scale at the moment. They have, however, showcased a 600 sq.mm. module at an event in Taiwan held in October.
The future of smartphones is bezel-less, and for that to happen, smartphones should adapt to have in-display solutions for the fingerprint sensors, cameras, and speakers. We are already seeing under-display cameras being showcased by Xiaomi and Oppo. The in-display fingerprint sensor will soon become perfect and will be able to replace the physical fingerprint sensor.