Samsung may abandon ultrasonic fingerprint recognition, Korean supply chain may benefit

According to the Korea Times, industry officials said on Monday that smartphone makers and consumers are increasingly worried about Qualcomm ’s latest ultrasonic fingerprint recognition after Samsung revealed a fingerprinting vulnerability in its Galaxy S10 and Note 10 series phones in October.

As early as last December, before the fingerprint identification solution debuted, officials questioned the security of Qualcomm's ultrasound technology. "Samsung has installed an ultrasonic fingerprint module on its new smartphones despite security risks," said an anonymous official at a telecommunications company. "The latest security issues involving this new technology may cause other smartphone manufacturers to hesitate to adopt this technology."

When Qualcomm first introduced an ultrasonic sensor, it declared that the solution was reliable, safe, and convenient. But the new technology on the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 proved not to be as reliable as Qualcomm claims. If users use any product that protects the screen, it will cause misoperation of fingerprint recognition and allow anyone to access the device.

Although Samsung has pushed software updates to solve the problem, some banks have taken action, accusing Samsung phones of being insecure, and even domestic manufacturers have urgently taken offline the online payment function for Samsung phones.

Analysts point out that Samsung may abandon ultrasound technology for this. Lee Jong-wook, an analyst at Samsung Securities, said: "If Samsung switches to a traditional optical fingerprint recognition module, Korean companies may benefit."

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