Newsletter: Full-Screen Fingerprint For Smartphones in 2019 & Biometric Camera On Upcoming Samsung Devices

Newsletter: Full-Screen Fingerprint For Smartphones in 2019 & Biometric Camera On Upcoming Samsung Devices

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SAMSUNG GALAXY S10, HUAWEI P30, ONEPLUS 7: READY FOR FULL-SCREEN FINGERPRINT READERS

THE STORY

We will get full-screen fingerprint recognition in upcoming smartphones in 2019.

WHY A FULL FINGERPRINT READER?

As per reports, in 2019, we will get full-screen fingerprint reader in smartphone instead of a specific sensor placed either at back or front of the device. As Samsung working on in-screen fingerprint recognizer is not a secret ‘secret’ anymore. Earlier the plans were to include the feature in Note 9, however, the plan was suspended as Samsung needed time to work on the feature. So, apparently, the feature’s debutant will be with Galaxy S10, launching in 2019. Further, the reports and patent applications suggest that the fingerprint reader on the upcoming device will be at the bottom of the screen.

One of the important question: What if Samsung needs more time to attain perfection in this feature? What if any other company introduces it first?

This is actually possible as every smartphone manufacturer would want to come up with innovation. The expected smartphones which could come with the technology are 5G Huawei P30 or the 5G OnePlus 7.

WHAT BENEFITS WOULD THIS BRING?

So, this technology when incorporated in Samsung smartphone will reduce the hassle of hitting the right spot to unlock your smartphone. This means accessing your smartphone easier and quicker.

Earlier Vivo Apex, which was displayed at Mobile World Congress had an in-screen fingerprint scanner, which could work on half of the screen. Now if Samsung will incorporate a full-screen fingerprint reader, then this would take things to another level.

So, next year, if you are planning to buy a new smartphone, you might get a smartphone with full-screen fingerprint recognition. You will be able to unlock your smartphone by placing your finger anywhere on the screen.


SAMSUNG GETS PATENT FOR BIOMETRIC CAMERA

THE STORY

The tech giant got a patent for a biometric camera by the US Patent Office, for which the company filed in 2014.

WHAT ARE SAMSUNG PLANS?

Samsung filed for a patent for the biometric camera in 2014. It is granted by US Patent Office now. You must be aware of Apple’s Face ID feature, Samsung is planning to launch the same feature in its devices but in a better aspect instead.

According to the latest reports, it will comprise of 3D face recognition and iris recognition. It will work in low-light conditions and in dark as well. It will be able to do eye tracking as well.

The feature may come with Galaxy Note 9 and it might also make its debut in 2019.

Samsung has been working on the technology way before Apple but as the patent was pending, it was late in proceeding things further. So, this will prove the technically Samsung is not a copycat in this feature, but a little late in launching its prototype.

Various camera systems exist to capture images of the iris. In particular, there is interest in providing a biometric camera system that can be realized in a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet.

WHY DO WE NEED A BIOMETRIC CAMERA?

Many camera systems can capture iris images. However, there must be some interest in dispensing biometric camera in a smartphone. The biometric camera systems face various challenges while capturing the image such as motion blur, not able to work in sunlight, taking pictures from a short distance and more. So to addresses all these issues, we need a biometric camera system.

Samsung got permission of including NIR (near infrared) light source to a mobile device. With this on a mobile device, when a user captures an image, the mobile device flashes him/her with NIR. The company also got a patent for an extended depth of field (EDOF) imaging lens along with the image sensor.

WHAT COULD WE EXPECT?

As per the patent paper, the biometric camera could also perform various functions such as 3D time-of-flight sensor, proximity sensing, eye position, structured light for 3D sensing, night-vision camera, and gaze tracking camera. All of this when combined with a user-facing front-face camera, the system will be capable of detecting whether the right or left eye is imaged.

So, we could expect, a whole lot of advancement of technology assimilated into a portable device.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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