The Samsung Galaxy S10 was released in April 2019. The 5G variant of the Galaxy S10 had a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor in the front punch hole that was not heavily advertised by Samsung.

The ToF sensor on the S10 5G was till now being used for optical depth effect in portrait selfies. Samsung didn’t include a 3D face unlock feature in the software of the S10 5G back then.

With the launch of the Android 10 based UI 2.0 for the S10 5G, Samsung is now including the 3D face unlock feature on the S10 5G. Time of Flight sensors in the front-facing hole punch notch on the S10 5G.

Galaxy S10 5G gets 3D Face Unlock Feature

The report arises from the twitter handle @TEQHNIKACROSS who posted in Korean which, when translated from Korean, read “In the latest beta firmware for Galaxy S10 5G, 3D facial recognition using a ToF sensor has been added.”.

He added that the face unlocked on the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will now be secure as the face unlock feature on Apple’s iPhones.

The iPhones currently have only one form of biometric verification which is the 3D face unlock feature. However, the Galaxy S10 5G now has two kinds of secure biometric verification features – the 3D face unlocking using the front-facing


2D vs 3D Face Unlock on the Galaxy S10 5G

5G since it was launched. However, the smartphone used 2D face unlocking This article was previously published in the following category: With the One UI 2.0 software update for the S10 5G, Samsung has fixed this issue.

The face of unlocking the device.

A normal front-facing camera uses regular light sensors to get information as a two-dimensional image. However, a Time of Flight sensor uses an infrared blast to illuminate the face of the light as well as to give light to the surface of the image on the surface.

The red beam in the image is the infrared blast which cannot be seen in the naked eye but can be seen using a mobile phone camera. Similar technology is used in night vision cameras.

How to get the 3D Face Unlock Feature on your S10 5G?

If you want to have the 3D face unlock feature on your Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, you have to wait for the One UI 2.0 update which hasn’t officially released yet. The One UI 2.0 beta for the S10 is released in Korea and is expected to be released in other regions soon.

You can update to the One UI 2.0 beta once it is released to your region or you can wait for the stable version to release.