Samsung is taking the competition to Apple when the new Galaxy S9 releases, based on recent reports. While there are already numerous rumours surrounding the phone’s specifications, the newest do come across as a high possibility for implementation considering what we know of the handset far.
Since face recognition has been a new norm for the latest flagship smartphones and phones such as the new OnePlus 5T have done a good at implementing the feature, we can expect the S9 to have a more robust way of performing its facial recognition for security using a new iris scanner this time around. Currently, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ both feature 2MP cameras for iris scanning, while the new iteration of the flagship should feature 3MP cameras. This will enable higher resolution scanning and allow for the phone to better recognize the user’s facial features. This will also help in better performance for low-light situations. While Apple’s method uses algorithms and face mapping to detect the user’s face, Samsung’s route takes into account the Iris, which could be as fast or even faster than the iPhone alternative.
The S9 will likely be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and feature much slimmer bezels than before. We can also expect fingerprint scanning as well as regular face scanning for unlocking methods, unlike the iPhone X which has only facial recognition. We will know for sure when the phone is released in the beginning of 2018.
GSM Arena has uncovered more evidence that the fingerprint sensor will still make an appearance on the S9, albeit in a much more convenient location on the back of the phone. Based on new images of the Samsung Health app, the phone’s fingerprint location will be centrally aligned, rather than being fixed to the right of the camera. This welcome improvement over the previous iteration has been highly anticipated and should be accompanied by better cameras, possible the same dual-camera sensor as the Note 8’s.
While an under-the-screen scanner has been rumoured to be in the works since the last year, there has not been any confirmation as to when we might be able to see it in action on a finished product. Considering the widespread speculation and the plethora of rumours, we might not be able to see the new-age fingerprint sensor after all. So long as they still keep the headphone jack, the company should be fine.