Galaxy S8: fingerprint sensor on the back and a Note 7-like iris scanner

Galaxy S8: fingerprint sensor on the back and a Note 7-like iris scanner
The next flagship Samsung Galaxy will surely be one of the most significant smartphone releases of 2017 and after the demise of the Galaxy Note 7, there's added onus on the so-called Galaxy S8 and S8 edge to deliver the goods. We've heard a lot about what The Next Galaxy might entail, and one recurring theme is that the fingerprint sensor mightn't be placed in its usual spot below the display. Hitherto, it's been suggested that this feature may be baked into the display itself. Conversely, a new report hints that the fingerprint hardware could be placed to the rear. 

A number of smartphones have adopted this tactic over the past few years. Generally speaking, it's comfortable and seamless to access the fingerprint scanner on the back plate, since tips of fingers are naturally within proximity when holding a device.  

A report from Korean publication Naver says that the fingerprint-dectecting component will find its new home on the back, presumably below the rear camera (or two cameras, if some reports are to be believed). It has been noted before now that the Galaxy S8 may include an optical fingerprint sensor but if this new report is correct, that will not be the case. 

The coverage also mentions the lack of a home button, which is nothing new amid the siege of Galaxy S8 rumors. The report notes that an iris scanner could be part of the package, which was a marquee feature of the doomed Note 7. 

With the next major Samsung handset(s) likely to be outed at Mobile World Congress in February, we're just a couple of months from a potential grand unveiling. Over the next couple of months, it's likely we'll be seeing a few leaks, renders and press images, which should offer a better grasp on what can be expected. 

Still, would you be a fan of a Google Pixel-esque rear fingerprint scanner? Let us know in the comments!

source: Naver (translated) via SamMobile

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1. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

2 note 7 digs..... nice

19. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Won't get that check from Apple if they stop taking digs at Samsung.

21. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It was the biggest phone issue of 2016, should everyone pretend it never happened? Just like the Fandroids never say anything about "bendgate", "antennagate" etc?

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Nothing wrong with the first time in the article about the note 7 But the second time was not needed and the way it was worded.

26. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

1. 'pretend it never happened?' - In case you were living under a rock for the past quarter, PA has milked this fiasco more then any tech sites. So, clearly, they are far from pretending that it never happened. 2. 'Just like the Fandroids' - There's a difference between 'Fandroids' and PA authors. Its understandable if fans do as its what they do but PA shouldn't. If you think for a second why does PA need to mention Note 7 fiasco twice in an article about S8? You'll have the answer starring at your face.

30. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


2. cmdacos

Posts: 4371; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Hope this isn't true

10. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here, one of the main reasons I still buy Galaxy devices is the front facing home button, and the day they remove that, I lk gladly move to another OEM that have it on the front.

14. altom85

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 16, 2016

I'm sorry, but where does it say that the -home- button will be on the back? I'm not trying to be snarky, I'm just not seeing that here. I see that the fingerprint reader will be on the back, but not the home button.

15. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

My bad, I explained my point in a poor and an unclear way. I was talking about the fingerprint scanner, and how I find it more practical to be put on the front rather on the rear panel of the phone.

20. altom85

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 16, 2016

Oh I see, I understand now, thank you for the clarification! You had me panicking, I just wanted to see if I was reading it incorrectly :)

3. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

I need leaks Evleaks. Watchu been doing with your time??? GET.TO.WORK.NOW.I.SAY

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Dont worry. The Samsung Material Recovery Facility is working hard to deliver the best next Note or S8 you. They're just not finish collecting the recalls.

4. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Damn, the S8 is sounding pretty boring. On the back? What happened to the one implemented into the screen?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17505; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Both are just rumors.

7. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Still, I'm hoping for some innovation. This year hasn't been amazing for innovation.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Actually, if they put the FPS on the back, they'll still have the iris scanner on the front.

5. obedchuni

Posts: 339; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

they can't implement it like iphone, as they don't have advance pressure detecting haptic engine like apple do, how ever back should be fine, rather than taking idea from a fruit company they should focus more on VR and they bought VIV for nothing as google voice assistant is making its way on samsung galaxy S7 too, big chunk of money wasted rather then that I think they will implement it on tizen OS

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I wouldnt rule that out Linear actuators (what Apple calls their tapic engine) are becoming more wide spread e.g. in the Pixels and Oculus Touch controllers too Although the one in the Pixel isn't really on the level of the one in the iPhones and Oculus Touch But if Samsung are willing to allocate the extra cash, they could use one of iPhones/Oculus Touch caliber

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4371; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The last thing i care about is haptic feedback. I turn vibrations off on my phone's as it is. We will see how VIV plays out. Sounds like it will be more contextual then Google assistant but who knows. Really don't think Google will hold them back though and if they do, all Samsung has to do is make it a download.

8. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

It seems they are want you to use the iris scanner hence the implementation on the back.

16. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lots of Samsung coverage but some will still say iphoneArena. Ugh. Seems like they're a few who do like back I'd touch. Think I prefer on the front my self.

32. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

It's not the amount, but what is written.

17. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

If they remove the capacitive buttons and put a fingerprint reader on the back I will definitely upgrade.

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Samsung don't blow this release.

22. pendragon0202

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Naver is not a publication. It is the number one portal site in Korea.

23. talon95

Posts: 1007; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I would say these rumors are BS. Samsung should know better than to remove what their customers demand. It went badly for them when they removed the SD card. Don't fix what isn't broken. Add optical fingerprint or don't mess with it. Give us back the IR blaster. Put a larger battery even if the phone is 1mm thicker. Keep the headphone jack. Always update to the latest OS quickly, and include all the Note software upgrades. It's pretty easy to give us what we want, and they can't afford to mess around.

24. Chuck007

Posts: 1417; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The more I read about Galaxy S8 rumours the less Iam anticipating it. Hope Samsung surprises us this time around... really wanted to get the S8.

27. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

On screen buttons and and fingerprint sensor I the back like pixel and lg nah thanks Samsung.

28. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The Galaxy S8 could still use the "optical fingerprint sensor" even if it is on the back.

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