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Samsung to trade its swipe finger scanner for touch-based in the Galaxy S6

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Samsung to trade its swipe finger scanner for touch-based in the Galaxy S6
Samsung is seemingly determined to do everything right this time with the Galaxy S6 edition, insider sources have claimed, and the fingerprint scanner that made a debut with the S5 is no exception.

Apparently, Samsung will follow in the footsteps of Apple, Meizu and Huawei, introducing a touch-based fingerprint sensorm instead of the cumbersome swipe one it currently uses for the S5, Note 4 and Note Edge handsets. Touch is definitely better and faster than swipe, as you can see in our own video comparison below, especially on big-screen phones that require a lot of stretching down until you reach the home key, and its embedded finger scanner. As for the sensor usage functions, these are not expected to be expanded further from unlocking and verification purposes for now. The home button, however, is allegedly going to be larger, so that you can more comfortably use its touch-based finger recognition function.

Granted, technologies like Touch ID are a bit more complicated than a simple swipe sensor, and the component prices are slightly higher, but if Samsung want to be top flagship dog again, it won't leave stones unturned with the Galaxy S6. Indeed, the rumors circulating so far are promising a monster of a handset, with semi-metal chassis, Quad HD display and speedy 64-bit chipset, as it should be with what aspires to be the most impressive flagship for the first half of the year. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S6 around the MWC expo, which begins March 2nd.


source: SamMobile

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posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:18 10

1. chistoefur (Posts: 103; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Nice. More companies would need to implement a fingerprint sensor the same way Huawei does, place it on the back right where your index finger would rest and allow it to unlock the phone even with the screen off.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:41 3

4. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


htc one maxx 2013?

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 08:17 3

12. chistoefur (Posts: 103; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


You had to swipe for that, and according to nearly every review of the device, it pretty much never worked.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:47 1

7. Tritinum (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 May 2014)


that actually makes the device look weird from the back

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 13:42 2

27. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I disagree - it is extremely convenient to unlook the phone while it's laying on table without need to pick it up

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:17 2

30. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


right the huawei mate 7 finger scanner is the best on the market, as of tech and speed in it.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:21 4

2. Jamoga (Posts: 187; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


cant beat touch id, join it.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:58 8

9. hassoups (Posts: 471; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


i love it when someone tries to sound sophisticated and ends up looking like an idiot.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 18:47 4

44. Jamoga (Posts: 187; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


i ddint sound sophisticated, i kept it simple, so idiots could make up.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:20 2

31. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


you do know apple could not make there own touch id so they bought a company that had been doing it for about 8 to 10 years and then changed the name.
because if you did know that you would not say stupid things like cant beat them join them.
i guess we could say the same for the iphone size and ram and mp and widgets and 3rd party keyboards and many more

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 18:49 2

45. Jamoga (Posts: 187; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


we are talking of touch id here. ofcourse why not buy it ?
do you grow your own veggies, like everybit of it, and farm animals that you eat? same goes for businesses. its a give and take world.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:40

3. phljcnth (Posts: 483; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I think another "easier" way would be sideway swiping. The home button would have to be taller though. But touch-based scanning is a welcome improvement.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:42 3

5. GalaxyS5 (banned) (Posts: 430; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


We'd have to wait and see. and I can't wait anymore! I want to see the GS6 and the Z4

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:46 3

6. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Z4 is going to be a flop and Sony is considering selling off its mobile business.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 08:14

11. MrTzr (unregistered)


A waterproof phone with a big battery, great camera and a great sound a flop? I don't think so...

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 09:38 4

17. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Great camera in a sony phone? Good1

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 12:34 1

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How many times did the Z series get delayed last year? How many units did they sell? Thanks for proving my point. :)

posted on 17 Jan 2015, 11:43

56. Tracy1988 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 18 Dec 2014)


Waterproofed speakers and great sound don't go together.

Anyway, I smell a Sony troll here.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:21

32. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


trust me on this they wont they will cut back the amount of phones made and then sell in areas they did not before slowly coming back. the r&d makes them money cameras and many other things

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:22

33. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i think its the gs6 vs the htc m9
either one am getting just dont know have had samsung for 3 years now htc 3 years before that then palm and samsung before that.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 07:47

8. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Can't wait for LG G4 to include this kind of fingerprint sensor.

posted on 17 Jan 2015, 00:05

53. tacarat (Posts: 735; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)


I had an Atrix 4G. That fingerprint reader was well placed and it would make sense for LG given their pointer finger bias.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 08:07

10. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 294; Member since: 13 May 2014)


This would be a good move. I think that all manufacturers should add this and tap to wake on their upcoming flagship's

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 08:29 3

13. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Danial, you mean top flagship in the Android space right? You know the top highend phone has always been iPhone. As for Touch ID and the digital zooming on the watch....if you can't beat them, join them! APPLE WINS! With that said, you can't beat Apple by just playing next to them, you have to pass them. they are basically making an iPhone with a Samsung logo on it. By the way, is their Touch ID going to be round? Lol!

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 10:10 4

19. UglyFrank (Posts: 1606; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Are you serious?

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 13:37 2

26. c.hack (Posts: 603; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


The droid fanboys just hate it when you point out that all they do is copy Apple's features.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:24

35. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


nctx77 you don know the mate 7 touch id passed apples last year faster more functions and accurate, did not need 2 years of tweaks to make it better still all other finger id units have more function then the touch id.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 15:43

41. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Apple was passed years ago. You're equating sales to quality. They're not the same thing. Look around the Web, the Note 4 is rated higher than the iPhone 6+ by a large majority of professional tech reviewers.

As for the digital crown - poor execution, just like reachability. it's inferior to the rotating bezel that Samsung is working on (rumored), just the same way that reachability is inferior to Samsung's one handed mode.

The rumor for Samsung's fingerprint scanner is it would be embedded in the display, so you could just put your thumb on it. Also a better implementation.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 08:40 4

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 20087; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Smart move Samsung, swiping is very inaccurate and cumbersome with one hand.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 10:01 3

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Actually my Note 4 unlocks 10/10 times while my 6 Plus unlocks 6/10 times. I prefer the swipe method tbh but there's times where unlocking my Plus with my thumb on the home button and unlocking it in less than a second is a handy dandy feature I love.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 11:11 3

20. zinger69 (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


Really, my experience is completely reversed. My Note 4 unlocks 6/10 times. But I've never had an issue with Touch ID on my iPad Air 2.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:24

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 20087; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


For me it was the exact opposite. It was part of my decision in returning the N4 I tried.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 16:33

42. HASHTAG (unregistered)


You returned your N4 partly because of the fingerprint scanner, which isn't really a top feature? Not bashing you, just find it a little interesting. I have the Note Edge, and I understand how annoying it can be when it doesn't work.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 19:43

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 20087; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


We all have our reasons for staying, or not staying with a product. As I said it was part of the reasoning in my decision to return it. It's nothing you should find "interesting", it's an electronic device dude. Some things I loved, some I didn't.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:32

38. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Yea same, mine note 4 works 10/10 while im still and about 9.5/10 while im moving. Even with my uag case on it is still very accurate.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 08:51

15. talon95 (Posts: 481; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I like touch ID on both sides of a device so that you can pick it up anywhere or with either hand, or not pick it up at all and just squeeze the edges and have it recognize you. Touch strips on the side would also work for scrolling on larger devices.

The best would be just double tap or swipe on the screen and have the screen itself be the ID sensor.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 19:44

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 20087; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's not a bad idea, you should seek a patent, and try selling it. You never know.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 09:37

16. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Yes. This should have been in the S5 and Note 4...

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:05

29. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Very true

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 11:27 2

21. JunitoNH (Posts: 1665; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Nice Sammy, you had ample time to do some reverse engineering.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:28

36. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


no reverse engineering fool they put the regular in to satisfy the people buying the gs5 and note the note 3 was going to have it but was pulled the iphones touch id is not even apples it was a company they bought.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 19:42 1

46. JunitoNH (Posts: 1665; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Are you looking at yourself in the mirror again?

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 11:50 4

22. cnour (Posts: 589; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Following Apple to success, as usual. This is the difference between Apple and the other companies. Apple is perfect.....

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 12:57 6

24. Chunkyspudface (Posts: 65; Member since: 31 May 2013)


I really hope that's sarcasm...

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:30 2

37. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


return that thought follow all androids to success size ram mp widgets third party and many other things, keep it up android companies apple needs more to copy to sell the next phone. the 6s will be little upgrade and the 7 will be the ram and mp finally. thats how they make money force there fans to buy each model thinking they are getting upgrades

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 13:36 3

25. c.hack (Posts: 603; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


"Samsung" is Korean for "slavishly following Apple"

Yet another features the droid fanboys wish they had.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:33 2

39. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


wtf are you talking about droid that it first apple took the idea after the atrix failed because it was a bad phone but apple bought the company for the touch id. just like beats for the sound algorithms.
everything apple has came from other phone makers.
notice that and appreciate it because without the hard work and innovative ideas of the android and other os world apple would have no leg to stand on

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 23:44

52. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And yet, with the iPhone 6 and 6+, the only ones slavishly following this past year was Apple.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 13:52 1

28. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


These are the kind of things that make me wonder why people say - "Apple is years behind".. And then there's new features like app permissions, 64-bit processors, don't forget Apple was first to go beyond 300 ppi screens. etc

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 23:42 1

51. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Android had app permissions before iOS. They removed it temporarily for some reason.

64bit processors was just the logical extension of where processors were always going to go, just like multicore was, also. They're just following the desktop CPU.

And Android phones were the first to go full HD, quad HD, and over 500ppi. So what?

posted on 17 Jan 2015, 00:14 1

54. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


app permissions on OS level were on iOS since original iPhone. Android wasn't even on phones nearly a year later. How could android have something before Apple when android came out a year later and iOS had it from beginning

Why is it when Apple does it first it's typical technical progression, but when android goes it first it's Apple copies?

Full dd, quad hd, and over 400 ppi is squat the difference once it's past 300ppi - it was apples decision to get rid of pixel jitter and it's only necessary to go a little past 300 - the rest is kinda miningless unless u go over 5".

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 14:34

40. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


This with the iris scanner!

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 17:04

43. DnB925Art (Posts: 966; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I wish they could implement fingerprint unlocking by pressing on the screen. Now that would be cool versus pressing on a home button. You can press anywhere on the screen to unlock your phone in any direction.

posted on 17 Jan 2015, 00:20

55. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Just to mention fingerprint does not need a press to work - just placing finger on home button will read it.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 20:59 1

49. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm not going to argue that the Samsung swipe fingerprint is better, it's clearly not. But one thing I read in the article that isn't true is that you must swipe the registered finger in the same orientation. You don't.

posted on 16 Jan 2015, 21:07

50. effimote (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jan 2015)


when this model come out ,samsung galaxy s5 will drop some price down ,
at that time i think it is a good buy

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