List of Samsung Phones with Fingerprint Sensor (And Top 5)

Most Samsung phones with fingerprint sensors today come with one of the three major implementations or positioning which include rear-mounted, side-mounted, and On-Screen (optical or ultrasonic).

Their first implementation of biometric fingerprint though was on a Samsung phone with a home button, and it also functions as other things. It was later moved to the back and now is being mounted on the side (mostly right hand) and also under the screen.

The latest Samsung flagships use the ultrasonic on-screen sensor while their upper mid-range A series uses the optical in-display fingerprint.

Their lower mid-range A series and most M series devices use the side-mounted scanner which also doubles as the power button. Their low-end devices have the scanner at the back or don’t have it at all.

In the context of fingerprints, it is worth mentioning that on-screen / under-display / in-display can be used interchangeably.

On-screen fingerprints can either be optical or ultrasonic. While the ultrasonic sensor uses sound waves to collect your biometric data, the optical sensor uses illuminated light to do the same thing.

In my experience, ultrasonic is faster and more accurate than optical. This is why most flagships with in-display fingerprint use ultrasonic and optical are been used on mid-range or budgeted phones.

The working principle is the same as all security measures of the past. Which is to collect data, store the data, and unlock your device, it will compare the new data you are presenting with the one it has in its database and your phone unlocks if it matches or won’t if it doesn’t.

All Samsung Phones with Fingerprint Sensor

Samsung S23, S23 Plus, and S23 UltraOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung A04sSide Mounted
Samsung Z Flip 4Side Mounted
Samsung Z Fold 4Side Mounted
Samsung A23 5GSide Mounted
Samsung A13Side Mounted
Samsung A23Side Mounted
Samsung A33 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung A53 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung A73 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung S22, S22 Plus, and S22 UltraOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S21 FEOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung Z Fold 3 5GSide Mounted
Samsung Z Flip 3 5GSide Mounted
Samsung A12Side Mounted
Samsung M12Side Mounted
Samsung M62Side Mounted
Samsung S21On-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S21 PlusOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S21 UltraOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung A22 and A22 5GSide Mounted
Samsung A32 5GSide Mounted
Samsung M32, M32 5GSide Mounted
Samsung M31sSide Mounted
Samsung M51Side Mounted
Samsung S10eSide Mounted
Samsung A21sRear Mounted
Samsung M31Rear Mounted
Samsung Note 9Rear Mounted
Samsung S9, S9 PlusRear Mounted
Samsung A32On-Screen; Optical
Samsung A42 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung A51, A51 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung A52, A52 5G, A52s 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung A71, A71 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung A72, A72 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung Note 10, Note 10 5GOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung Note 10 Plus and 5GOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung Note 10 LiteOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung Note 20, Note 20 5GOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung Note 20 Ultra and 5GOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S10, S10 5G, S10 PlusOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S10 LiteOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung S20, S20 5GOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S20 Plus, S20 Plus 5GOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S20 Ultra, S20 Ultra 5GOn-Screen; Ultrasonic
Samsung S20 FE, S20 FE 5GOn-Screen; Optical
Samsung Z Flip 5GSide Mounted
Samsung Z FlipSide Mounted
Samsung Z Fold 2 5GSide Mounted
Samsung Fold 5GSide Mounted
Samsung FoldSide Mounted

Top 5 Samsung Phones with Fingerprint Sensor

1.) Samsung Galaxy S23 Series

Samsung S23, S23 Ultra, and S23 Plus come with an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor which is faster and more reliable than the ones of their predecessors.

Fingerprint sensors on the Samsung Galaxy S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra

The fingerprint sensor is embedded into their Dynamic AMOLED panel with a 120Hz high refresh rate and 1750 nits of peak brightness. Their resolutions are 1080P for the S23 and S23 Plus and 1440P for the S23 Ultra.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy is the processor powering the three devices under this series and it uses Adreno 740 GPU to help with graphics-intensive tasks such as gaming. It is indeed one of the most powerful smartphone processors at its time of launch.

Samsung S23 is equipped with a 3900 mAh battery, the S23 Plus is equipped with a 4700 mAh battery, and the S23 Ultra is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery.

2.) Samsung Galaxy S22 Series

There are three devices under this family, they include S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra. While the Ultra variant is the best overall device, each of them is targeted at different smartphone users.

Samsung S22 series fingerprint sensor

S22 Ultra uses the same Ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor as the S22 and S22 Plus. The trio’s display is also the same 120Hz high refresh rate Dynamic AMOLED 2X featuring HDR10+.

Their display quality of course differs in screen size, resolution, and peak brightness. S22 Ultra has the best display quality overall among the bunch.

It features a 6.8-inches display size and 3088 x 1440 pixels resolution. Compared to the S22 and S22 Plus featuring 6.1 inches and 6.6 inches respectively and the same 2340 x 1080 screen resolutions.

The trio is powered by the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Chip (US) and runs on Android 12 at launch. However, you can currently upgrade to One UI 5 based on Android 13.

Samsung S22 series has one of the best implementations of an in-display fingerprint. It is fast and accurate. It works even when your finger is wet and yes the devices are water-resistant.

If you are looking for a flagship Samsung phone with a fingerprint sensor, the S22 series is exactly what you are looking for.

3.) Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Samsung A53 5G is without a doubt one of the top mid-range phones out there at this moment. It ticks every box you will want a mid-range device to tick.

Samsung A53 5G fingerprint sensor

One of those boxes is a secure biometric system. The Galaxy A53 5G is equipped with an Optical in-display fingerprint sensor which sits on its 6.5 inches display. Unlocking your device with the fingerprint sensor is fast and accurate.

Its Super AMOLED panel’s screen resolution is 2400 x 1080 pixels. Combining all that with a 120Hz high refresh rate and 800 nits brightness makes A53 5G one of the best display phones in its category.

It is powered by Exynos 1280 Chip with a 5nm fabrication and Mali-G68 GPU. It runs on Android 12 at launch but is currently upgradable to Android 13 with One UI 5 flavor on it.

4.) Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

If you won’t mind getting a great Samsung phone that is over a year old, then the Samsung A52s 5G is one of the top phones out there with incredible performance.

Samsung A52s 5G fingerprint sensor

It uses an Optical in-display fingerprint sensor which is implemented into its 6.5-inches Super AMOLED display featuring 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 800 nits brightness, and 120Hz high refresh rate.

It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 778G 5G Chip with a 6nm fabrication process. This is the same processor that powers the Samsung A73 5G which is the company’s most expensive mid-range (A Series) smartphone of 2022.

It runs on Android 11 out of the box but is currently upgradable to Android 12 and will soon be getting the Android 13 update with a flavor of One UI 5 on top.

Samsung A52s 5G is not just a great device, you can easily get it cheaper than both the A73 5G and A53 5G even though you will experience virtually the same thing using them.

5.) Samsung Galaxy A13

On to the entry-level segment. Samsung A13 features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor which also doubles as its power button. It is fast and accurate.

Samsung A13 fingerprint sensor

Samsung A13 is a big screen device with a 6.6-inches screen size featuring 2408 x 1080 pixels screen resolution.

It is powered by Exynos 850 Chip with Mali-G52 GPU. It runs on One UI 4.1 based on Android 12 out of the box and it will soon be getting One UI 5 based on Android 13 update.

This is easily one of the top budget smartphones you can get at the moment.

Final Thought

A biometric fingerprint makes it easier to unlock your smartphone without having to enter your password or draw a pattern every time.

You can also use it to lock specific apps on your smartphone. Meaning, that even if you unlock your device for someone else, they won’t have access to those apps.

The sensors on the latest Samsung phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are faster and more accurate and I am not talking about only the on-screen sensors but also the side-mounted ones.

As you must have noticed, Samsung is gradually moving away from both rear and side-mounted fingerprint scanners to in-display sensors.

In about a year or 2, you can expect almost (about 90%) of all their phones that have biometric fingerprints will have the under-display implementation. But while the flagships will continue to feature the ultrasonic, the mid-range and entry-level will feature the optical.