Fingerprint sensor dropped from Note 3 in the last minute, Samsung biometrics still in play for year-end

Fingerprint sensor dropped from Note 3 in the last minute, Samsung biometrics still in play for year-end
The rumor that Galaxy Note 3 would sport a fingerprint reader might have had some legs, after all, even though it didn't materialize. The scanner has reportedly been pulled from the phone in the last minute due to component supply or some other reasons (cough, Touch ID, cough), but the story apparently doesn't end here.

Just like Samsung outed a flexible display version of the Note 3 of sorts, dubbed Galaxy Round, it might out one laden with a fingerprint sensor, Korean media indicates, later in December or in early 2014. What other novelties would that variation have to entice you before the Note 3 itself, remains to be seen, but the source claims that "If the fingerprint identification system development is on schedule, it will be completed by the end of this year." There are speculations for a rugged Note 3 Active, but somehow sealing stuff like an S Pen stylus silo and fingerprint scanner on a waterproof phone doesn't sound very easy, not to mention all the false input such a scanner would get from wet fingers, so it remains to be seen on which phone Samsung's first biometric option will appear. 

The moral of the rumor is that, after Apple, HTC, Fujitsu and Pantech, Samsung might be the next manufacturer to come with fingerprint unlocking and authentication in its phones, making the trend mainstream indeed.

source: ETNews (Naver) via G4Games

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

They did good by dropping fingerprint scanner in the last minute. Half baked things are not good.

39. KRONeage

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

Absolutely..... since Apple had bought Authentec out from under the entire biometrics in portable devices market in April of 2012. After Samsung had already been using fingerprint sensors in devices from Door Locks (w/ touch sensor) and notebooks going back to 2001. They had also been using Authentec sensors since 2004. There proof in the firmware of Galaxy S3, since they'd filed for a patent on using an Authentec sensor in the Home Button of GS3 in November 2011. But Motorola was the first Android and first smartphone with the an Authentec sensor on Moto Atrix in 2010. Google naturally had to move fast to integrate Authentec's SDK into Android. So when Samsung was going to use Authentec and Apple them out and KILLED support for their former customers, naturally Samsung had no way of quickly substituting another brand of sensor w/o the SDK already in Android. At CES last year Validity (another of the more than a dozen sensor makers) demoed their sensor in a Samsung phone. But still their SDK had not been fully integrated and due to complications in IC chips Yields of any real quantity failed to launch in Galaxy S4 as well. Meanwhile Synaptic who had been using Authentec sensors bought Validity out and again SDK was still not integrated into Android fully. So Galaxy Note 3 w/sensor was canceled too. But Samsung also had some major breakthroughs in camera sensors in ISOCELL, that could double as an Iris scanner. So yeah..... a really good reason to be glad Apple bought Authentec (as was Motorola laughing about Apple getting majorly SPOOFED (which is far worse than just hacked, you can fix a hack, hardware you can't). Apparently Apple's Applewellain Thought Police are could at FUD'ing that debacle right out of their ignorant customer's mind! But it hasn't gone away and for this generation of iPhone 5s, they can all get spoofed to Oblivion. Don't try to tall an Applewellian Prole that though. They still think Apple invented the Universe and Samsung Galaxies! Samsung though is an old Pro in Biometric and in all reality there is no difference between a fingerprint sensor in a phone and one in a notebook, other than the operating system! ;-P .....which they've had sensors in at least 30 devices since 2001!

2. N5110

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Ain't samsung tired of copy paste? No respect for company like has nothing good at by just replicating others ideas.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Please explain LG's and Apple's tactics then.

5. Kurai unregistered

motorola was the first to implement biometrics on a smartphone namely the MOTOROLA ATRIX . . . oh god remove these hollow-brained humans

17. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

There is a reason why nobody really remembers it. Also, there is a sudden flood of devices supposedly implementing it. Why do you think?

23. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Hint: company with a fruit name did, now everybody wants to... The Atrix at it's launch had a great potential on paper, if it would received updates in the proper times and screen/finger sensor flaws corrected before it's launch, we could be talking about a different story right now...

28. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

How do you know that other companies than your beloved, hinted at Apple didn't design finger print scanners into their phones.. but Apple just beat them to the punch? We have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. Just because a product arrives to market first, does NOT mean that that company was first to work on it. For all you know, Apple was the last to work on the fingerprint tech.. but got luck to be first to market the latest iteration.

29. JC557

Posts: 1920; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

So far it seems because Apple is doing it that it brings much interest. The problem is that Motorola and Lenovo have been doing this for a while now. And if by devices you also include laptops then you are clueless. Thinkpads are popular in the corporate world and the fingerprint scanner is far from a gimmick.

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Atrix has finger print sensor in smartphone in 2010, Apple has finger printer sensor in smartphone 2013 and yet Apple fans claim that everyone copied from Apple. Great fanboy logic! Am i right to say that your whole world whatever Apple sell will be first and original!? The rest just suck!!

21. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

ok guy you serouisly need to stop sayin this. atrix WAS NOT the first one. I remember Toshiba g900 or something a windows mobile phone from 2007 (not sure) having this feature and I doubt it was the first phone to have it. I was so tired of listening to this false rumor that I was forced to open an account just to inform you!

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Thank you, dratomic for the effort! I am sure most brain dead Apple fans would love to hear a second opinion :)

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

@N5110 Samdung has no shame. Now they are even copyng the commercials***, shame. Remember when Apple did this: ***they are using a watch, gear

25. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Go check out all those fujitsu phones from many years ago. Fingerprint scanner has already been very common in Japan in a while. Don't be so ignorant. Check out all other phones not available in your country as well. Never think any new thing on the iPhone== new thing in the world. Someone below also mentioned Motorola already had one two years ago. This is not even something new in north America anyway.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Samsung, don't add anything else. My Note 3 is already perfect.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude welcome back bro. Now stay unlimited lol. How you liking the note 3?

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note 3 basically sold out at every T-Mo store. I got the 32GB Black one, and never been this happy. Best decision I've made all year as this phone still blows me away with everything. Ha! Don't get me started on that topic, especially when others should have too.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol right! Hope you enjoy it. How's the battery life been? For me the big surprise with the 5S is just how long the battery life is now. My 5 was tapped after about 10 hrs, my 5S still has about 30% left after like 13 hrs. My active day is 5am to 8pm so technically I can't kill it, before I'm out lol.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Two days on a single charge and I'm finally on 16%. This thing simply doesn't die.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wowwww! That's beast

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smurf I clicked your links dude, naughty boy lol. That'll get you limited every time bro. At least you didn't get permanently banned like Troll.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I couldn't get permanently banned. It was the very first time I got limited (which I shouldn't have in the first place) over BS that I called out on PA. Nice to know I have no freedom of speech here.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I feel you bro, but hey it's PA's site ya know. I've been limited when I though I shouldn't be. It's all good though. Welcome back.

24. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

what ur only saying the truth i knew they do that when people bag ijunk iphonearena i will forever call this site

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And people actually said this was an apple gimmick, that would fail. I think it's gonna take off in a huge way. Apple and Samsung are the big dawgs, once Sammy hops on board along with apple, man watch out. Looking forward to the future of this feature, I use it about 99% of the time now.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

AMEN. +1

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think the fingerprint reader was the best new feature in the 5S. I'd like fingerprint readers in more phones, because its faster, easier and more convenient compare to pins or patterns.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm not trolling or anything, but from 5/6 of my friends who pulled the trigger to upgrade said Touch ID took too long to read their prints that it's faster for them to just type in a pin number.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed Vince @Smurf it actually the opposite for me. It does take some getting used to though. Maybe they should erase those prints, and re enter them with more movement. It recognizes better that way.

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, from what I've seen its pretty much a split second, it looks even faster than swipe to unlock

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