Samsung hasn't been one to shy away from keeping up with the current trends in the smartphone industry, such as the dual cameras, and it's also not new in introducing innovations, from the Super AMOLED screen to the Infinity Display.
However, it's not jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak, when it comes to mobile 3D facial recognition systems, which Apple showed off nicely with the iPhone X and its Face ID technology.
Galaxy S9 With 3D Facial Mapping Not Happening
Samsung isn't behind in terms of facial recognition technology, but it uses 2D images instead of 3D. That being the case, it isn't secure enough to be used for sensitive services such as processing mobile payments and banking.
According to Business Korea, an industry expert says that the South Korean brand will "maintain the existing 2D system," and as a result, it'll "miss the diversification of smartphones." In other words, the rumor says that the company isn't adopting a 3D facial recognition system just yet.
On a related note, other Android phone makers are reportedly looking to secure components for 3D sensing, including but not limited to controller chips, structure-light 3D cameras, and 3D sensors. Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi are among the manufacturers in question.
What's Left For The Galaxy S9?
An on-screen fingerprint sensor is one of the most talked about features that Samsung is working on, but the technology is apparently hard to figure out. It was supposed to be a Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 feature, but the company couldn't make it work in time, not to mention that Apple also couldn't manage to do a similar feat.
A recent report says that the case could be the same for the Galaxy S9. However, the Galaxy Note 9 might be the first Samsung phone to boast a reader under the screen.
To boil things down, reports have said that the Galaxy S9 won't have 3D facial mapping like Face ID or an under-display fingerprint scanner, and if they're anything to go by, then it's safe to assume that the upcoming flagship will stick with a dedicated fingerprint reader on the back and the iris scanner.
At the end of the day, though, it's recommended to take this news with the proverbial grain of salt since nothing is set in stone until the Samsung launches the phone itself.