Samsung’s latest Galaxy S10 is now on sale and there’s no question that this is one of the firm’s best ever smartphones.
The device comes packed with a swathe of updates and new features including a faster processor, triple rear camera and a fully edge-to-edge display which covers more of the front of the phone.
In our recent Galaxy S10 review, Express.co.uk said: “There’s no question that Galaxy S10+ is one of the best phones Samsung has ever made.
“It looks fabulous, has that incredible triple rear camera, good battery life and extras such as the ability to refill other devices wirelessly.
“The screen is also one of the greatest we’ve ever seen and is guaranteed to make your content look better than ever.”
There’s clearly plenty to like about the S10 but one thing we weren’t convinced about is the new security features.
Unlike the S9 which has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S10 now includes an embedded sensor which sits under the display.
This ultrasonic technology allows the device to be unlocked by simply pressing your thumb on the screen.
It sounds impressive and should be a huge improvement over the irritating back-mounted scanners but, in reality, we didn’t find it as fast as a standard scanner found on the Galaxy S9.
To help unlock the device faster, Samsung has also included facial recognition technology which unlocks the phone simply by looking at it.
In our tests, this worked much faster than using our finger but there could be a big reason why users might want to avoid it.
Unlike Apple’s new iPhones, the S10 doesn’t feature 3D mapping and some tests have shown how this security feature can easily be tricked.
In fact, tech website, The Verge, simply held the S10 in front of a video of the user’s face and the S10 unlocked without any issues.
The S9 got around this problem by using iris recognition but Samsung has ditched that technology on the S10.
Samsung is clearly aware that its facial features aren’t as safe with a statement sent to the team at TechRadar saying: “Face recognition is a convenient action to open your phone. For actions requiring strong security, Samsung recommends using the new in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint that unlocks only with your physical fingerprint.
“The Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner has been certified by FIDO Alliance with the world’s first Biometric Component Certification that recognizes its vault-like security and industry best-practice for biometric-enabled devices.”
So, for the safest way of unlocking the S10 you’re best using that embedded scanner.
Luckily it does appear that Samsung is aware that this sensor needs improvement with the Korean firm saying that performance will continue to be improved through future software updates.
A Samsung official said, “we will continue providing updates to make the scanner work better.”
We’ll have to wait and see what changes are inbound but, for now, the S9 has a slight security advantage over the new S10.