Samsung is expected to bring a fingerprint sensor embedded into the screen on the Galaxy S10 in early 2019, but by the looks of things, the company may be planning to bring the same technology to more devices.
According to a recently-discovered patent, Samsung could be exploring ways to bring the fingerprint sensor into the screen on future smartwatches.
Basically, this would technically make it possible to unlock a smartwatch by simply putting your finger on the display, a feature that would work similarly to the one on phones.
According to the patent, Samsung wants to use a technology that it describes as force touch, and which means that users would have to press the screen harder in order to unlock the device. Interestingly, Samsung wants to use force touch only in a certain area of the screen and not across its entirety, so this means that the fingerprint scanning feature would also be limited to a specific part.