The Samsung Galaxy S10 is expected to be a smartphone that ultimately establishes the South Korean tech giant as the undisputed leader in mobile design. So far, there is one particular feature that has remained elusive for Samsung's flagship devices: an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
As revealed in a recent patent, it appears that Samsung's work will soon pay off with its upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship. According to a report from Lets Go Digital, a Dutch publication that tracks Samsung's progress on its mobile devices, a patent filed on November 29, 2017, and published on June 7, 2018, has revealed that the company is working on a combined Home button.
As could be seen in Samsung's patent, part of the combined Home button is under the display while another part is on the smartphone's thin lower bezel. By placing the sensor partially under the display, Samsung would be able to maintain the quality and accuracy of the sensor while keeping the device's bezels incredibly thin. The patent, for one, mentions a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, a figure that is yet to be achieved by Samsung's rivals in the smartphone industry.
As noted in a T3 report, Samsung's hybrid physical and virtual Home button modes means that the uses of the button could vary. What is particularly interesting in the recently published patent was the hybrid button's capability to become practically invisible when it's not in use. The hybrid in-screen fingerprint sensor is rumored to have been planned for the Galaxy Note 9. Due to the technology not being fully refined, rumors suggest that Samsung has opted to skip the feature with the upcoming Note 9 and instead utilize it for its first 2019 flagship, the Galaxy S10.