Samsung's work on the Galaxy S10 has already begun. And all signs point to it being a major upgrade over last year's model.
The Korean tech giant has codenamed its Galaxy S10 "Beyond," according to a new report from The Bell. The branding is believed to be a reference to Samsung delivering features that are "beyond" anything you can get your hands on today.
Chief among those features you can't find elsewhere is a virtual fingerprint sensor baked into the screen. According to the report, which cited sources and was earlier discovered by BGR, Samsung is planning to bundle a virtual sensor in the smartphone, but it could nix the idea if manufacturing problems continue to plague its smartphones. Considering it has several months to get it right, however, there's a good chance that Samsung could work those out and get the long-awaited sensor into the Galaxy S10.
Additionally, The Bell's sources say Samsung could be working on a 3D face-sensing module similar to the Face ID function you'd find in Apple's iPhone X.
According to the report, Samsung is currently working with a company called Mantis Vision to develop 3D scanning. The company believes the feature would be superior to the Intelligent Scan feature in its Galaxy S9, which combines iris scanning and 2D face scanning in one. However, the feature, which has been rumored in the past, could ultimately be shelved if Samsung isn't able to get enough supply for what is expected to be a popular smartphone.
Samsung did say earlier this year that it's working on a new Galaxy. Whether it will actually be called the Galaxy S10, however, remains to be seen. Earlier this year, the copmany suggested that it's considering ditching either the S or the number at the end in future versions.
The next Samsung flagship after the Galaxy Note, then, could be known simply as the Galaxy S or the Galaxy 10.