Galaxy S6 depiction with a taller home key hints at a new touch finger sensor for Samsung Pay


We heard last month that Samsung will follow in the footsteps of Apple, Meizu and Huawei, introducing a touch-based fingerprint sensor with the Galaxy S6, instead of the more cumbersome swipe one it currently uses for the S5, Note 4 and Note Edge handsets. Touch is definitely better and faster than swipe, especially on big-screen phones that require a lot of stretching down until you reach the home key, and its embedded finger scanner. The home button was also tipped to be larger, so that you can more comfortably use its touch-based finger recognition function.

Well, now that we have a leaked official render of the Galaxy S6 Edge handset from T-Mobile, we can definitely see that Korean publications were right to claim that we will have a new, taller and more handsome fingerprint reader on Samsung's upcoming flagship, which seems to be of the touch-based, instead of the swipe variety indeed. In fact, the sensor depicted above, pretty much resembles the squarish touch one on the Meizu MX4 Pro.

Samsung has one very big reason to switch to the more expensive touch finger sensor, and it might be called Samsung Pay. Besides unlocking the phone, and other general access security features, the new fingerprint reader would serve very well for mobile payment verification purposes, adding the additional security layer that banks, merchants and payment processors demand. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S6 this Sunday, before the MWC expo officially commences.


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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI


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