Samsung Galaxy S26 Ultra to Get FaceID Like Apple Without Extra Sensors?

Tipster claims Samsung's next Galaxy S26 Ultra will feature FaceID technology similar to Apple's but without requiring additional sensors.

Samsung's Galaxy S26 Ultra: Ditching the Sensors for FaceID-Like Tech?

Hold onto your hats, Galaxy fans, because we might be in for a wild ride with the S26 Ultra! Forget the extra sensors, Samsung's rumored to be cooking up some next-level facial recognition tech that could rival Apple's FaceID – and it might arrive sooner than we thought.

Samsung's Galaxy S26 Ultra will feature facial recognition abilities akin to Apple's FaceID, claims leaker. (Source: Notebookcheck)
Is this the future of Galaxy security? (Source: Notebookcheck)

Remember the rumors about the Galaxy S25 Ultra getting a FaceID-like system? Well, scratch that. Leaker extraordinaire Ice Universe claims that this tech, codenamed "PolarID," is actually destined for the S26 Ultra, and it's going to be seriously impressive.

From Iris Scanners to Sensorless Security?

Samsung's been trying to catch up to Apple's FaceID game for a while now. They've had iris scanners since the Galaxy S9, but they haven't quite matched the security and ease-of-use of Apple's system.

Apple's FaceID works by utilising a dot projector, a flood illuminator, and a an IR sensor. (Source: Tech Insider on YouTube)
Apple's FaceID relies on a complex system of sensors. Can Samsung achieve the same with just a camera? (Source: Tech Insider on YouTube)

Apple's system uses a bunch of sensors – a dot projector, an infrared camera, and a flood illuminator – to create a detailed 3D map of your face. Samsung's PolarID? It supposedly does all that magic with just the front-facing camera!

More Secure, Less Hardware?

It sounds crazy, but Ice Universe says PolarID could be even more secure than FaceID, all without those extra sensors. That means a cleaner design and potentially lower costs. Why isn't it on the S25 Ultra, you ask? Rumor has it that Samsung's saving this tech for the S26 Ultra (expected sometime in 2025) to keep the price tag from going through the roof.

Buckle Up, It's Going to be a Bumpy Ride

Of course, these are just rumors for now. But if they're true, the Galaxy S26 Ultra could shake things up in the smartphone world. We'll be keeping our ears to the ground for any more juicy leaks!


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