Front, back, or sides - where do you prefer your phone's finger scanner to be? (poll results)

Recent Samsung patents and Galaxy S8 rumors hint at relocating the finger scanner to the back of the phone

Recent Samsung patents and Galaxy S8 rumors hint at relocating the finger scanner to the back of the phone


The Galaxy S8 and OLED iPhone 8 are shaping up to be pretty radical departures from what millions of Samsung and Apple fans have been accustomed to so far, as they are rumored to have no physical home key with fingerprint reader embedded there. That is why we asked you last week where do you prefer the finger scanner to be on a phone - front, back, or on the sides. Each placement has its advantages and drawbacks, but the majority of our 2362 respondents chose the frontal position, followed by the back and the sides.

Samsung has apparently been toying around with different shapes and placements for the fingerprint scanner, recent patent applications suggest. While now it has it embedded in the physical home key underneath the display, its patents include both changing the shape, and relocating the scanner altogether to the back of the phone.

Now, whether these patents mean that Samsung is planning to place the fingerprint reader on the back of the Galaxy S8, as was tipped today, remains to be seen, but the demise of the home button/scanner paradigm has been heavily rumored - both for the S8, and for the iPhone 8

Front, back or side - where do you prefer your phone's finger scanner to be?

Front
57.79%
Back
26.08%
On the sides
12.7%
Don't care, I don't use it
3.43%

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13 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

I personally like it on the front. I wouldn't want to pick up my phone from my desk every time I'd need to unlock it.

2. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It would be nice if MS was able to get windows hello facial recognition down to mobile size on phones. It is even more secure than iris from what i read in a research paper. It was also independently tested on twins and able to tell the difference. It's super fast on pc's, not sure how it would be on phones.

3. sebstin

Posts: 170; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Front is best irrespective of hand sizes..

8. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Absolutely WRONG. For today's larger phones, the home button FPS is the most inconvenient place. That's the only reason I don't use the FPS for unlocking my phone, ans use one-hand mode pattern unlock instead. Don't wanna drop my phone ! And I use the home button FPS only for locking contents and apps. If there is some solution with under-screen, (don't believe Apple will do it) is OK, though. But not better than on the high back.

9. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

The under-screen FPS has HUGE problem with accidental unlock, every time taking is out.

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 6391; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

On a large phone, the front facing scanner is ok, the problem is with tiny tablets some of you are calling phones (no, they're not phones, they are tiny tablets).

4. libra89

Posts: 2221; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Front = Makes me think of all of the iPhone and Samsung users. Shouldn't be surprised.

5. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I like mine on the back, but if they ever manage to find a way to make a good working scanner for the side, I would love that. From what I've read, the side fingerprint sensor on the Sony Xperia Z5 is terrible.

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i like min on the front, but a good, fast one on the side seem like it might be good. ultimately i think i like it under the screen when that day comes

6. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Back + tap to wake (or whatever is called) = best combination!

11. macky2green

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 20, 2016

I bought my Mom a Huawei Honor 5X as her Birthday/Christmas gift just recently. I love how the fingerprint scanner is embedded at the back of the device. Aside from that, you don't even have to wake up the phone before you touch the sensor. You can directly touch the sensor to wake/unlock the phone. In addition to that, the fingerprint reader also has fantastic features to boot. ;) And yeah, my Samsung Galaxy Note 4's front swipe-to-unlock type of fingerprint sensor SUCKS! =(

12. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

Why can we have it on all of the 3 places "b front / back / side " ?! Flagships should offer the most for users and users should never adapt to the product it should be the other way around

13. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I love that no one's mentioned that that Galaxy S8 sketch above uses the identical fingerprint scanner location as the original Motorola Atrix. FOR ME, I think the LG V20's home button/fingerprint scanner is in the ideal location. Front on the bottom like the Note 4's was less than optimal. It meant I had to two-hand the phone whenever I had to swipe my fingerprint.

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