The fingerprint sensor is said to be embedded in the home button

The fingerprint sensor is said to be embedded in the home button

SamMobile is reporting that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a fingerprint sensor which will both unlock the phone and allow automated website logins. We’re expecting to see the S5 officially announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 24th February, though it may not go on sale until March or April.

It had earlier been rumored that the S5 would have iris recognition, but a KGI Research document pointed instead to a fingerprint sensor, which SamMobile claims to be able to confirm via sources inside Samsung.

We are finally confirming that Samsung’s upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S5, will be equipped with a fingerprint sensor […]

Samsung hasn’t opted for on-screen buttons and is still using physical buttons, like it has been using in the past on all of its flagship devices. The sensor itself works in a swipe manner, which means that you would need to swipe the entire pad of your finger, from base to tip, across the home key to register your fingerprint properly … 

If true, the approach will be broadly similar to the Touch ID home button used on Apple’s iPhone 5s, though the scanning technologies appear different, with Samsung opting for a thin button which scans your fingerprint as you pull your finger across it.

Samsung has said that the S5 will have a significantly different design to the S4, though with most high-end handsets these days having broadly similar thin-bezel cases, the differences may be more subtle than Samsung’s comments might suggest.

We’re expecting to see the S5 available in at least two different specifications, with the so-called Prime version having a Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM and a high-resolution 2K screen (2560×1440), while the Standard model has a lower-powered Exynos octa-core processor, 2GB RAM and a standard HD display (1920×1080).

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5 Responses to “Samsung Galaxy S5 said to have fingerprint unlock, with website logins also supported”

  1. Now if only they could get their Android skin to not look like butt (i.e. TouchWiz) or just adopt stock Android and stop filling their phones with bloatware (or at least make all of the S-stuff optional/deletable), that would be impressive. I have a Note II btw.

    • frankman91 says:

      Yeah totally agreed. My wife has an S4 totally stock and I have a rooted S3 with the GoLauncher. Every time I use her phone I have so many gripes with the launcher looking like crap.

      The ROM I use is stock, but rooted, so it is still stuck with all the Samsung crap apps on it, and being a Verizon model its even worse, like I would ever use VZ navigator for $3 a month when I have Google Maps for free.

      Have to say that is one thing Apple does right, they had enough pull in the industry to keep that crap off their phones.

      I LOVE Android but they really need to figure out a way to better back-up apps / games to your Google accounts and how to make the updates come to phones a little faster. I am up for an upgrade soon and it will really suck to lose game progress when I switch. I have backups of full phone but I don’t know if that will do much for me when I have a new phone.

  2. frankman91 says:

    I know nothing about the complexity finger print scanning technology, and what is on the back of the iPhone’s crystal thumb scanner, but I would LOVE to see Sammy somehow get the screen itself to be the scanner. Maybe its not possible to make a clear glass have the sensitivity needed to read a finger print, but I hope I am proved wrong.

    No matter what Samsung is going to be bashed for having a finger print scanner at all, even though Apple was not the first out with it.