We’re expecting the Samsung Galaxy S23 phones to see a variety of upgrades, from cameras to processors, but there seems to be one key spec that won’t see an improvement: the fingerprint sensor.
Reliable treat ice universe (opens in new tab) seems to have snagged a protective glass layer for the Galaxy S23 Ultra model, and it shows a spot where the fingerprint sensor will be – a spot the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S22 phones.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with the Galaxy S22’s fingerprint sensor, but how Notebook check (opens in new tab) points out that the Galaxy S23 was hoping for a larger and better sensor. Now it looks unlikely that is the case.
Same old same old
The Galaxy S22 in particular comes with the capable Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2, while the Galaxy S23 would sport the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max – a sensor that is more accurate, more secure and capable of scanning two fingers at once.
Perhaps Samsung decided to stick with the same fingerprint sensor to keep costs down, or perhaps the original fingerprint sensor upgrade rumor was off the mark from the start – but that upgrade now seems unlikely.
It can be argued that fingerprint sensors aren’t the most important component of a smartphone, but considering how many times we unlock our phones each day, they can have a significant impact on the user experience.
Analysis: Fingerprint sensor upgrades
Visit the official website of Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max (opens in new tab) and you will see improvements in a number of areas. It’s the largest ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor to date, using sound waves to scan fingerprints at a fast pace and with incredibly fine resolution.
According to Qualcomm, this technology makes it much more difficult to forge a fingerprint than traditional optical fingerprint sensors. It scans fingerprints faster when they’re wet, and because it uses acoustic scanning, it’s more reliable when your fingers aren’t perfectly clean either.
The larger surface allows two fingers to be scanned at the same time, and the sensor has an error rate of 1 in 250,000 according to the manufacturer. However, based on the leaked protective glass we saw online, we’ll have to wait until 2024 at least to see it in a Samsung Galaxy S flagship.
It’s not all bad news though, as the Galaxy S23 will bring some improvements over the phone that came before it. Earlier this week we heard that the handset will feature a custom version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset that offers even more performance.
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