I place my thumb on the display of a dummy smartphone. A tiny, imperceptible wave of pressure shoots out of the device and maps the ridges and valleys of my finger, verifying my identity. In an instant, another phone that's connected to the dummy flickers to life as the home page appears. It's a sunny summer day in July, and I'm standing in a conference room in the heart of Qualcomm's San Diego headquarters, trying out an early -- and very rough -- prototype of the company's ultrasonic fingerprint reader, which Qualcomm says will show up in smartphones this year. Now playing: Watch this: An early look at the ultrasonic fingerprint reader likely... 1:40 The technology is the same as that teased by DJ Koh, the head of Samsung's mobile business, at an event in China last year. And while Qualcomm declined to comment on any specifics phones using the technology, and Samsung remains mum on what will show up in the Galaxy S10, any phone embracing ultrasonic waves to read a … [Read more...] about Galaxy S10 goes ultrasonic? Here’s an early look at its likely fingerprint reader
Officially, the Galaxy S10 doesn't exist, and we're just speculating on the name of Samsung's next flagship Galaxy phone. Unlike the upcoming foldable phone that it flashed on stage in November, Samsung hasn't acknowledged the Galaxy S10 on its roadmap. But after nine years of Galaxy S phones fueling Samsung's rise to the top, the Korean tech giant would be crazy to stop before its 10th anniversary Galaxy S. More rumors and hints converge each day, including some fresh details of the Snapdragon 855 chip that will likely power the Galaxy S10 and other flagship Galaxy phones this year -- perhaps the Note 10 and foldable phone, too. More than ever, Samsung's position as the world's top phone-maker is in peril. Slow phone sales are troublesome enough, but increased pressure from China's Huawei, which ousted Apple to take the No. 2 slot, should cause alarm within Samsung's ranks. Although Huawei phones are no longer sold in the US amid the government's security concerns, the … [Read more...] about Galaxy S10 specs, price and release date rumors: Ultrasonic fingerprint reader and Infinity-O screen?
If the Galaxy S10 comes out with superfast 5G connectivity and an in-screen fingerprint reader, you can likely thank Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 855 processor. Qualcomm is the world's largest supplier of mobile chipsets, and its latest 855 will drive major Android devices in 2019, a roster that's likely to include flagship handsets from Samsung, Google and LG.At Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii this week, partners like Samsung, OnePlus, Verizon and AT&T talked up their plans for 5G devices and networks in 2019. Samsung, for instance, said it will launch 5G phones in the US in the first half of 2019, and will work with AT&T and Verizon on a total of three models. OnePlus announced its first 5G phone, which will go to Europe.The processor is pegged to provide the brains and network connectivity for most high-end Android smartphones hitting the market in 2019 (Huawei uses its own Kirin chip for phones). Nearly every major handset vendor works with … [Read more...] about Galaxy S10 could shoot portrait videos and use ‘ultrasonic’ fingerprint reader with Snapdragon 855 chip
After years of prototypes and fine-tuning, Qualcomm finally announced a fingerprint reader that uses sound to unlock your phone. Called the 3D Sonic Sensor, this technology bounces sound waves off your skin, an approach that Qualcomm claims is secure and convenient. This "ultrasonic" fingerprint sensor could very well form the backbone of the in-screen fingerprint reader rumored to appear in the Galaxy S10.In-screen fingerprint readers are a hot trend in smartphone design, because they don't take up any room on the phone face, and require less groping around than a sensor embedded on the phone's power button or back casing. Analysts predict that 100 million phones will have in-screen fingerprint sensors by 2019, according to consumer research firm IHS Markit.Here's what you need to know about Qualcomm's ultrasonic 3D Sonic Sensor.What's an "ultrasonic" fingerprint sensor?The 3D Sonic Sensor fingerprint sensor developed by Qualcomm uses sound waves (this is the "sonic" part) to "read" … [Read more...] about Qualcomm announces first ultrasonic fingerprint reader: Headed to the Galaxy S10?
OnePlus just announced its second smartphone of the year, the OnePlus 6T, at an event in New York. The device matches up with recent leaks and features a very small notch, top-end specs, and an affordable price when compared against the 2018 flagship competition. The 6T features a 6.41-inch display, Snapdragon 845, and comes in a variety of storage/RAM configurations. For the first time in a OnePlus phone, the 6T includes an in-display fingerprint reader. The company calls its version of this technology “Screen Unlock.” OnePlus claims it’s the fastest-performing implementation of in-display fingerprint authentication yet. OnePlus has rooted its reputation in delivering speedy, powerful Android smartphones at a value price point. The OnePlus 6 from earlier this year was perhaps the best example of that yet, and as is tradition, the company is now replacing it with the 6T and trying to improve upon the 6 with newer technologies and some slight spec bumps. This story … [Read more...] about OnePlus 6T announced with premium specs and in-display fingerprint reader