We expect the Samsung Galaxy S23 phones to bring a host of upgrades with them, from cameras to processors, but apparently there’s one key spec that won’t see any improvements: the fingerprint sensor.
reliable leaker ice universe (opens in new tab) seems to have achieved a layer of protective glass for the Galaxy S23 Ultra model, and reveals a place where the fingerprint sensor will be located – a place with the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S22 devices.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with the fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S22, but how notebook check (opens in new tab) points out, the Galaxy S23’s sensor was expected to be bigger and better. Now, it seems unlikely that this is the case.
Same as before. No news
Specifically, the Galaxy S22 is equipped with the capable Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2, while the Galaxy S23 was thought to carry the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max – a sensor that is more accurate, more secure and can scan two fingers at once.
Perhaps Samsung has decided it wants to keep the same fingerprint sensor to keep costs down, or perhaps the original rumor about a fingerprint sensor upgrade was wrong from the start – but this is an upgrade that now seems unlikely.
You could argue that fingerprint sensors aren’t the most important component in a smartphone, but bearing in mind how often we unlock our phones every day, they can have a significant impact on the user experience.
Analysis: Fingerprint sensor updates
Go to the official website of Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max (opens in new tab) and you will see that there are improvements in many areas. It’s the largest ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on display yet, using sound waves to scan fingerprints at a rapid pace and at incredibly fine resolution.
It’s much more difficult to spoof a fingerprint with this technology compared to standard optical fingerprint sensors, says Qualcomm. It will scan fingerprints faster when they’re wet, and because of the implanted acoustic scanning, it’s more reliable when your fingers aren’t perfectly clean either.
The larger surface area 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’ve seen pop up online, we’ll have to wait until 2024 at least to see it on a Samsung Galaxy S flagship phone.
But it’s not all bad news, because the Galaxy S23 is going to bring several improvements over the phone that came before it. Already this week, we heard that the device will bring a customized version of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset that offers even greater performance.