The Samsung Galaxy S9 is still fresh, but the first significant rumors concerning the sequel are already beginning to stir. Will we see a big change from the Korean manufacturer, or will Samsung stick to the tried and tested? The latest reports have revealed the devices code name, plus a few exciting features. Here's everything we know so far.
'Beyond': Samsung's code name for its next flagship
Next year, Samsung will launch the successor to the S9 and the devices code name has been mentioned on Korean website The Bell, which is 'Beyond'. After a code name has been given, manufacturers can begin to develop the phone with partners. The code name could allude to the difficulties the market is facing recently and how the brand plans to overcome it, or the aim to beat competition from Apple or Huawei.
Finally, it looks like we're getting the in-display fingerprint sensor
As well as this, some further details about the features were revealed. The development project for the S10 involves Fingerprint on Display (FOD) technology, which has been an ongoing project for some time now, but it failed in the S8 and the S9 due to technical difficulties. The sensor would be placed into its AMOLED screen.
So far the in-display fingerprint scanner has only been available in rather niche offerings, such as Huawei's luxury RS Porsche Design. Nonetheless, for the technology to truly go mainstream, it's got to come on a Samsung. If the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 won't carry it, then we could see the Galaxy S10 bring this biometric tech to the masses.
3D face scanning to compete with Apple
The Bell also reports that Samsung plans to implement 3D face scanning tech for the next-gen flagship, although this still remains unclear. Samsung has been experimenting with facial recognition since the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. While the Galaxy S8 and S9 saw some improvements with this, the Korean company has always lagged behind its American rivals in this field.
3D face scanning on the Samsung Galaxy S10 would boost security for facial scanning and could also improve related featues such as AR Emoji. SamMobile suggests that this lines up with previous reports that Samsung is working with startup Mantis Vision and supplier Woodgate to integrate this 3D face scanning into the next flagship.
Don't expect a radical redesign
While these are intriguing tidbits about potential new features, it also seems that Samsung will be sticking to their winning formula in many ways. The “Infinity Display” design is here to stay, and in the same 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch sizes as well.
Don't expect to be able to bend or flex the screen either, as the report from The Bell specifically calls out that this won’t be a foldable phone. Samsung's rumored flexi-phone, the Samsung Galaxy X, was speculated to be one and the same with the Galaxy S10, but at the moment it looks like a divergent evolutionary path for the Galaxy bloodline.
Naturally, at this early stage of the game it's important to take everything with a grain of salt when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S10. Things could change significantly between now and the release, but we'll continue to bring you the latest rumors, news and leaks right here.
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Source: The Bell