Despite launching some time ago, the Qualcomm 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor has yet to appear in any Samsung smartphones for unknown reasons. Luckily, 2023 could see it being used for the first time, as rumors suggest that the Galaxy S23 Ultra will ship with it. Chinese manufacturers are rapidly adopting the latest technology, which is why Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max is used in flagships such as vivo’s X80 Pro and iQOO 9 Pro. And according to insiders, this security block can be found in the flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra. Having 3D Sonic Max not only increases the surface area for user authentication, but also increases the speed at which the lock screen grants access to the home screen. The only logical explanation for why Samsung still doesn’t use Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Max on its flagships is the increase in manufacturing costs.
The Korean manufacturer has included an ultrasonic under-display fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S22 Ultra, but we’re yet to see a larger scanner in one of Samsung’s top models. In case you forgot, under an agreement between Samsung and Qualcomm that would ship all variants of the Galaxy S23 with Qualcomm’s chipset next year, the 3D Sonic Max sensors could be added at a lower price. So we hope to see a bigger and faster fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S23 Ultra as it will eliminate the need to accurately place a registered fingerprint in a specific area of the screen.