Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner might be embedded at the bottom corners of a bezel-less display

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner might be embedded at the bottom corners of a bezel-less display
The embedded fingerprint scanner that Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to introduce into the display itself, might reach only the bottom left and right corners of the display, rather than the whole panel, reports Korean media.

Speculation mounts that this fingerprint scanner could come integrated right into the display, using its electromagnetic field, looking like some of those fingerprint prank apps you've seen in the Play Store. Now the report adds that installing this scanning zone into the whole screen is still too iffy and expensive, so Samsung opted for two corners only with the S5. 

"Scanning fingerprints on the entire screen, which was much talked about recently, will be available in the latter half of this year, as there are still technological hurdles to overcome," mentioned the source. Still, that's enough to sound like a sci-fi movie, and is perhaps based on the multi-hover tech that Synaptics is said to provide for the S5's touch layer.

The publication confirms this means no physical home key will be present on the S5, an abrupt change in design from the previous four flagships, and in line with Google's KitKat push towards on-screen buttons. The source also claims Samsung will use a thinner display package, which might thin the phone itself, perhaps aided by the metal mesh touch panels LG and Samsung were speculated to use in flagships from now on.

Furthermore, the display package is likely to be edge-to-edge, mentioned the insider, and the same concept will be used on the iPhone 6, they added. Bezel-less display package doesn't really mean bezel-less phone, as we still have the chassis frame around it, but the side bezels on those two are likely to be very, very slim. This will probably allow the alleged larger 5.25" Quad HD screen on the S5 to fit in the current compact size of the S4, though, especially if Samsung ditched the home key for good, too. In any case, the slimmer, lighter chassis despite a bigger screen is a given, based on the Galaxy flagship generations so far. What we are extremely curious to see, however, is if the embedded fingerprint scanner in the lower part of the screen will indeed materialize. What do you think?

source: KoreaHerald via G4Games

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



10. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I hope that the S5 or one of these new phones will finally be an iPhone killer... Dream on...

8. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

I could care less for fingerprint, bring us the iris scanner!

6. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i don't see this happening

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This would beat the iPhone's implementation of the tech and hopefully prevent lawsuits because apple wouldn't be able to say they had a similar home button or a fingerprint scanner in the home button.

7. Sauce unregistered

Apple already has a filed patent for a specific type of on-screen biocensor. The patent itself is a few years old.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17536; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple files patents all the time for any idea they can come up with whether they have worked in it or not.

11. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 896; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Absolutely TRUE

4. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Death to physical buttons!

3. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Even if I buy the s5 with a finger print scanner tech I see myself hardly using it.

2. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Wow now I'm interested hopefully they stick with an improved 1080p screen instead of QHD! On screen keys would be great and hopefully faster than the buttons if there is not too much bloat. Especially with kitkat immersive mode there won't be any wasted screen real estate

1. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Hope sammy does it in the right way and it should work as it is supposed to do. High hopes. Sounds awesome.

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