Poll results: So, about that Galaxy S8 fingerprint reader positioning...


So, the latest set of Galaxy S8 leaks show us a beautiful new device, with extremely thin bezels around its screen. That aside, many are also a bit concerned over the fingerprint scanner's placement — or at least where it's portrayed on the alleged photos and schematics of the S8.

Yes, according to the leaks, the home button, which Samsung has had for years, will be gone from the front — due to the phone's bottom bezel being so thin, no doubt — and will be moved to the back. But, to our surprise, when the first visual leaks came about, they showed the biometric sensor not to be in a central position on the phone's behind. Nope, it's offset to the right of the camera, causing us to wonder whether that would be comfortable and how many times we would accidentally smudge up the camera glass, trying to reach the scanner.

We thought we'd ask you — assuming the pictures and schematics we've seen are of the real thing — how would that fingerprint placement make you feel about the Galaxy S8? Here's how the votes tallied up.

(Assuming it's real) What do you think about the S8 fingerprint scanner placement?

That's fine, I believe I can easily learn to hit it consistently
18.29%
Eh, not a fan, but it's not a dealbreaker
35.45%
Doesn't matter. I'll be using the iris scanner anyway!
7.96%
That's terrible. I would reconsider buying an S8 because of it
38.3%

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40 Comments

1. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

This is just stupid because you know that almost all of that last one was ifanboys voting.

2. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

All these polls are stupid because there is no way you can trust them.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The last one is wrong, it should be, "I wouldn't consider...."

7. paul.k

Posts: 293; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

What's wrong with the word "reconsider"?

13. StopTalking

Posts: 69; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Paul - The polls are poorly done. You guys need to have simple options. Many times, you guys provide poor choices across the board. I had a tough time finding the right choice, and still didn't choose something I 100% agree with. How this poll should have been executed: "Does the GS8 Fingerprint Scanner Position Bother You?" A. Yes B. No With simple pools, you can draw even simpler conclusions from your reader base.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well stoptalking, that's something I meant with my previous comment actually. Thanks for simplifying it bro.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah it's reconsider, I misread that. Btw, how about you comment whether the authors here are apple-biased or not (iPhonearena?). You know everyone smashes you guys with this word, don't you? So let's end it here, Mr. Paul. Tell us 'what she said'......!

30. paul.k

Posts: 293; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

We post our information in a way we see as neutral, unless you are reading an opinion piece (editorial). Anyone is free to read and interpret the articles however they see fit and in whatever way it serves them. I apologize if the poll options did not satisfy you - these polls are a fun way to engage our audience and start conversations, so I may have gone overboard having my own fun with the answers. It's not like we are going to call up Samsung and say "Hey, look at those results!".

37. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah, that's very satisfying to read. I am sure you authors work hard on your polls, and articles, even though some mishaps happen occasionally. But try to be as neutral as you all can. i am a regular viewer of phonearena since the past 3 years. And I have seen my fair share of articles which seem to be biased towards apple a little too much. The one person specificlly targetted more often is Alan F. Please notify him with this if he already doesn't know. I don't know if I will ever get to chat with an author like this again. So am laying out a few problems in one go. Several problems me and other people have faced haven't been responded to in the comments section in other articles. So keep a watch out for that. Also tell me the reason why phonearena doesn't reply to job application emails sent to its site. I sent one twice, but none of them were answered. I know that you recieve a lot of emails. But please consider my request too in your inbox. And the source articles for writing a sample of phonearena-style articles are way too old. I would feel obliged if you find way to update them. Thanks for lending me your precious time. Have a good day sir!

40. Z3R091 unregistered

If you are saying the S8 fingerprint scanner placement is terrible. Why would you still consider on buying it?

6. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No, im an Android user since forever but the finger print scanner looks to be a few cm's to high to be a comfortable for your index finger, but will have to wait to physically hold the phone. PhoneArenas polls dont last long enough to get proper numbers though.

19. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I voted for the last one. That's a horrible position. I'd reconsider.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Thats not terrible. Its REALLY TERRIBLE. Did Samsung hired an ex-Apple employee to design their new phone?

9. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Since when iPhone comes with stupid rare fanigerprint Lol.

10. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The time when trolls were uneducated and can't spell right.

21. Trex95

Posts: 2380; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Where.*

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

??????

5. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

LOL It seems like the Apple patriots are in full action with this poll. Seriously, who the heck would believe this nonsense anyway? I mean a poll that doesn't even represent the whole consumer idea. As we all know that PA is a pro-Apple propaganda spreader, I'm not sure if this poll is undisturbed or not.

8. paul.k

Posts: 293; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Yes, that poll alone netted me an iPhone SE and iPhone 7 Plus in unreleased Agent Orange color + a $500 bonus. My soul is long gone!

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lmao....

35. Subie

Posts: 2353; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

paul.k - 1 Hallyu - 0

11. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"LOL It seems like the Apple patriots are in full action with this poll" So true You know 95% of the votes on that last is ifanboys voting on multiple devices. Iphonearena probably doesn't even have that many active users .

24. mikehunta727 unregistered

Highly doubt it considering they're much more fandroids on this site who troll and spew salt about Apple, there are much more Android users/pro Android users here(most of them being iDroid fandroids with 4-5 alt accounts to like their own comments/try and skew poll results to their advantages with their alts) .. The fingerprint positioning just sucks period and many people are going to accidentally smear their cameras lens instead of the scanner and cause #smeargate

25. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

While I agree the the fingerprint positioning might suck, Won't really know tell I try it if it's even true it will be there. I don't agree on the rest.

28. mikehunta727 unregistered

You don't have to agree on the rest but that is exactly what would happen if the fingerprint scanner is placed right next to the camera like that, people are going to smear up/oil up their camera by misplacin their finger on the back on the camera then the fp scanner, causing blurry out of focus/lack of sharpness photos

26. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"most of them being iDroid fandroids with 4-5 alt accounts to like their own comments/try and skew poll results to their advantages with their alts" Oh and this is also true on ifanboys too.

27. mikehunta727 unregistered

Don't really see much iFanboys here at all besides the small few that have been here for a while, Android users outnumber iPhone users 9 to 1 so... It applies much more to Android fanboys, they generally are usually always the over zealous elitist wannabes

29. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"always the over zealous elitist wannabes" LMFAO that is just dumb

36. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Why are you so serious to the polls, the polls accuracy rate is almost 0%, don't believe me, go and see #Brexit and #Trump polls in 2016 Judging by the margin of error of the polls, the real answer in real life, is the fingerprint positioning is not a deal breaker

17. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I like the fingerprint scanner on the back, at least if it is a small enough phone that I can reach it one-handed. When it is on the home button, I have to hold the phone in my left hand and tap the home button with my right. I would find this more annoying with a large phone if I had to use 2 hands and it was on the back. In the case of the S8, it looks like it is too close to the camera lens. I can see tapping the lens by mistake and getting it smudged with fingerprints. I am currently using a small phone - 5 inches, and the camera lens is up in the top left hand corner while the fingerprint scanner is not so high up but in the middle. I can easily pick the phone up with my left hand and touch the scanner with the index finger of the same hand, very convenient!

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