Fingerprint scanner placement on Samsung Galaxy S8 was a last second decision

Fingerprint scanner placement on Samsung Galaxy S8 was a last second decision
When the first images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 that were deemed to be legit were disseminated, there was quite a howl about the location of the fingerprint scanner. It was placed on the back of the phone, to the right of the camera. Many had hoped that Samsung would embed it under the front glass. In fact, the company did think about placing the fingerprint scanner in that location using a reader produced by Synaptics, but things could not be worked out in time.

Low yields during production of the 10nm chipsets that are going into the phone (the Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895 depending on the region where you purchase the handset) have already delayed the unveiling of the phone by several weeks, and the launch of the phone by one full week. Sammy simply did not have the time to make sure that Synaptics' in-display biometric reader was working perfectly.

In fact, according to an anonymous source close to the situation, Samsung threw money at the in-display fingerprint reader, but was getting frustrated with the results. While some Samsung fans could be let down by the ultimate placement of the scanner (users could easily smudge the camera by mistake), the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone 8 could have its Touch ID fingerprint scanner placed under the front glass. According to super Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, there is also talk that Apple will be forced to use a "revolutionary" new front-facing camera that uses face recognition to unlock the phone or to verify identification. That could be a sign that Apple is experiencing trouble with an in-display fingerprint reader as well.

Samsung will also turn to face recognition due to an iris scanner that apparently runs too slowly. But this works to a Galaxy S8 owner's advantage. Using a user's facial features on the Galaxy S8 will reportedly unlock the handset in .01 seconds.

source: KoreaTimes via SlashGear

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  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)

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58 Comments

1. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Not as bad as everyone may think. I am sure I'll be using the Iris scanner instead of that finger scanner anyway.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Every bit as bad as everyone thinks. Is every user right handed, with eight inch fingers?

36. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm right-handed but I use my phone with either hand which makes the placement of the scanner weird to me.

57. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

reply to #9 no.. 4 inch fingers is more than enough

10. Unordinary unregistered

Yea we are all just looking for things to nit pick at, as we do with every major phone released. Truth is, this phone will *most likely* be great, regardless of what the haters have to say, just like most flagships released.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Overall it will probably be a killer, but that FP placement is just pure stupid.

19. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It is what it is.

33. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Agreed. But it is better having one than not having it at all.

18. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

Who is waiting for the note8?

26. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Always was. The S8 is irrelevant to me.

49. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

What is note 8? Lol!

52. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Whelp, I got the regular S7 at its lower cost simply because it ended up being an interim phone in the wait for the Note 8, because of the Note 7 recall. \o/

23. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Samsung deliberately to convey the fingerprint reader in the back to use iris recognition and fingerprint deleted in the future because the iris safer and put the fingerprint at the back in order to forget, and rely on iris recognition

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

If I had to guess it was " DUDE, WERE GONNA GO BEZEL AND BUTTON FREE.. LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS IS!" then " uh dude, the screen finger print scanner dohickey isnt ready yet.. crap, what do we do? we cant make 50 million new screens in time!" "lets just put the button on the back in the place that will be usable for 90% of the worlds population (right handers)!!" "fantastic. Lets get some saki!"

2. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

So samsung is now copying LG g6 placement of fingerprint sensor hope this time it would be made of sapphire rather than cheap plastic

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's not a big deal as everyone makes it out to be. Does Samsung's fingerprint scanner get scratched? : yes. Does it make it unusable under normal usage?: no. I used an S6 for about an year and a half and then gave it to my brother. He has been using it for the past 6 months and we both find that it works no problem even after 2 years of use. If only, it has gotten faster due to software updates. They should use sapphire or ceramic, but it shouldn't matter to most users. And Samsung is not copying LG. G6 has the fingerprint scanner in a much better position and centre aligned.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It happens everywhere, from the iPhone copying the M7 design to Trumpcare copying Obamacare.

17. newbey123

Posts: 700; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

LMAO, nice!

3. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It will be practical for right handed folks, but a nightmare to left handed users. And I hope they use a different type if protection, because I've recently noticed bunch of Galaxy phones with scratched up fingerprint scanners, especially when the user has long nails, like women for example. Mine is scratch free, and I questioned the existence of such problem when PA once talked about it, but it is a real problem, and it will be a disaster if Samsung used the same protection now that they moved the scanner to the rear panel.

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

Noticed that too. Hopefully it is something a bit more scratch resistant this time around...now that especially it will be on the back now

21. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's a must if they don't want a scratchgate scandal lol

43. tedkord

Posts: 17288; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Either way, you'll have the usual 5th dimensional imps here trying to claim its a -gate.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7063; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have played around with my note 5 and I find it ease to touch that spot with either hand. I have no scratches on my FPS but I have never looked at my husband's.

20. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah, it's were you naturally rest your index finger, at least in my case. The Honor 8 was the 1st phone I owned with a rear mounted scanner, and I wasn't too pleased that I have to adjust the way I am holding my phone when ever I tried scanning my fingerprint. I am not saying everyone has the scratching problem, but it is there. My wife's S7 Edge is scratch free, but my sister's S6 Edge, and brother as well as my brother in law's S7 Edges all have a scratched up scanner. My brother in law's one is scratched up to the point that it doesn't work now, and he doesn't have long nails.

14. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I am right handed but hold the phone in my left hand...... I do not use the scanner much anyway..... so where they put it will not affect me very much

4. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Wait, did you guys just delete an old article from a few hours ago to repost it again later ?

58. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

7. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

From the placement you can tell its style over usability it too high on the Phone.

11. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

This is the worst placement for a fingerprint sensor. At least put it under the damn camera.

13. fyah_king unregistered

I dont care because i dont even use it on my phones.

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