Report: Samsung having (no) yield problems with the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner

Report: Samsung having (no) yield problems with the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner
UPDATE: Samsung has reached out with a statement, which makes it clear the whole story below isn't true. Here's the statement by Samsung HQ: "CrucialTec does not supply fingerprint scanner to Samsung Electronics." There you have it, guys - short and to the point - there will be enough fingerprint sensors for all!

A report out of Korea on Monday says that Samsung is having yield issues with the fingerprint scanner that is earmarked for use on the just announced Samsung Galaxy S5. According to the report, Samsung has turned to a third party producer and is said to be in negotiations with a company called Crucialtec to provide the fingerprint scanners for the Galaxy S5. Circletec is the largest manufacturer of mobile Optical Track Pads and produces a line of fingerprint scanners. There is also talk that Samsung is talking with the company to outfit the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with a biometrics package as well.

Various rumors last year had a fingerprint scanner coming to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but that idea was dropped and reports say the blame should be placed on a third party supplier whose scanner could not pass Quality Assurance at Samsung. Now, Samsung's own in-house design is apparently failing and to make matters worse, the company has promised the biometrics feature on its new flagship with an April 11th release date drawing ever so closer.

Korean media characterizes this incident as "embarrassing" for Samsung. That might be, but if not rectified soon the more accurate description might be "desperation". Like TouchID on the Apple iPhone 5s, Samsung is embedding the scanner in the home button of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: Daum (translated) via GforGames

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72 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Samsung shouldn't have included this fingerprint scanner. Or they could have at least make a working one like the 5S does.

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Indeed. Fingerprint scanner should be made perfectly (like in 5S) or it just should be let out. Sony and others, if/when you do fingerprint scanner, make it properly.

15. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I totally agree dude. 5S have quality fingerprint scanner. And you know that HTC One Max have good fingerprint scanner too.

19. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

You people are the most bias fanboys. The 5s clearly had problems with it degrading over time. They don't include "gimmicks" because you all and your mom cried about too many gimmicks. They say, "OK" we listen to our customers and refine our product instead. So they did. Now, all I hear is you moan and complain how its the same phone. Its refined like everyone wanted it to be. NO THEY ARE NOT USING METAL BECAUSE IT AFFECTS SIGNAL. Get that through your thick skulls. They said they would work on it and try it. It may not be working like they want it. They said this since the S3.

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

did anyone talk about metal? Also there is alternative metals, just look at the vapor magnesium in the Surface, it makes for the most solid feel. At any rate, it is not biased fanboys. While the 5s has issues, our test phones have yet to have problems, and they get used probably more than a personal phone. As well, i dont remember, could be blatantly wrong though, the 5s having yield problems

36. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

People on here constantly talk about "metal". On another note, adding metal would eliminate the removable back and essentially putting a lifespan on your phone for service. Which is one of the main reasons not to change it to metal. They "may" add metal to an S5 variant to test out the sales I bet. The closest Nokia has come to metal, is the 925 correct me if I'm wrong. Please specify which Surface has 3g of 4g LTE or even NFC? Do they? We don't know how it would affect it, but the iPhones have had problems in the past with it's build quality materials blocking the signal.

66. Chikara

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Wait what, "adding metal would eliminate the removable back"...seriously? i am no engineer but i am pretty sure you can make a removable back with a "pin" or a screw or something so you can remove it.

78. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

*Claps. Yes that would probably work with screws like the iPhone, but they void your warranty if you remove the back cover. I think that would be a great option, but I don't think any manufacturer allows you to replace the battery on any phone with a metal or enclosed casing. I highly doubt Samsung would allow it either. If that were the case, I think that would be a great alternative. It's almost as if they want to make it difficult to service on purpose.

37. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Dude chill. you talking blind. I'm a fan of Nokia, not iPhone. Looks like you need to learn talking like perfectionist. What a negative talk. Just a spam one. Not deserve a even reply but I have to because I wanna clear everything else.

39. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I know you're a Lumia fan, and it's clearly obvious that you would troll anything Samsung announces or releases regardless what material it is, what it does, or how great it really is.

40. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Read my comment dude, I said about fingerprint scanner on phone, not about Samsung has bad scanner.

42. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

My comment was based on all of the summed up previous dumb trolling you constantly do on this site on top how you state that the 5s has had a good scanner. When the 5s released there was a bug on the 5s that you could use any cats paw and it would unlock the phone. The 5s fingerprint scanner has had bugs since it was released from day one. And you guys say how the 5s has had a good scanner??? Really? I don't normally care about what other believe or opinions, but time after time. I had to say something on something that's completely false.

43. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I completely agree with the first sentence.

46. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

cripton, don't even bother with these trolls. PA's comment section is a troll paradise. They create dramas with anything and everything. If someone says something about a Samsung device, bad or good, they'd moan and whine till cows come home.

50. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Can you show me links about the cats paw bypass?

55. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You know you have to REGISTER the cat's paw first before you can unlock it right? http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/watch-a-cat-unlock-the-iphone-5s-using-touch-id-and-the-fingerprint-sensor/ "Note that no other paw pads would unlock the device, and that cats essentially have unique “fingerprints” just like people, so this doesn’t make the Touch ID sensor any less secure."

77. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I wasn't referring for it to be less secure, but it can cause problems if a dumb kid registers some cats nipple and they can't get it to read it's nipple anymore. It's intended for fingers and it should be used for fingers, and "to me" at least, the software should be able to recognize the difference between a finger and a nipple. But if you want to talk about a security flaw, there was a security flaw on iOS regarding the bypass of the lock and airplane mode, I wont get into that since that is essentially a "software" bug. Which has now been fixed I assume. There is a bug regarding the touch ID and the sensor not working properly. They say they're going to fix it with a software update, and hopefully that itself doesn't make it less secure. We don't know, it's still buggy and it's still yet to be fixed. We cant assume they can fix it until it's fixed. It has not been fixed since the release of the 5s and reports of problems report to before the phone was less than a month old. With the iPhone 6 "coming soon" I'd expect that to be a top priority on a device you pay much more for than the rest of the competition and now how you must pay for an Apple "Service" call.

45. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Back from September 2013 quote here on Phonearena regarding the 5s touch id. "We mean regular folks using their toes, nipples, dog or cat paws, and even severed fingers"

63. willard12 unregistered

The article is about yield issues. It says nothing about the scanner being bad.

51. givemespecs unregistered

Good point.....can we have it English now please?

54. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Sorry, I didn't know you needed a couple of commas and maybe apostrophes to understand. Language and Linguistics changes over time, so I hope you can adapt in future reference. Next time, I will try to use smaller words and better grammar for the users with the IQ lower than 80.

59. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

If you do it right, the metal does not affect the signal, i have an iPhone 5 and have no trouble with signal, the HTC One has no problem with signal and it has more metal than the iPhone. There are other metal phones out there as well, and they obviously don't have a problem with signal, so what your saying is a non issue.

60. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

What method do you use to measure the amount of signal you're getting?

14. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

iP5S scanner isn't exactly bullet-proof (see iOS s/w update article recently posted to PA). Maybe Sammy can turn lemons into lemonaide by dropping the scanner entirely and cutting the price of the GS5 by $50?

25. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Well, Touch ID is the best fingerprint scanner on smartphone and it works very well (nobody said it was perfect). And if it has bugs, Apple fixes them (as said).

57. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

wish u guys stop fighting which companies have the better finger sensor it's irrelevant.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

FINGERPRINT SCANNER are USELESS.

31. Dante216

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

So you've used the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner already? You know that it doesn't work like the 5S?

56. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I have used the FINGER PRINT SCANNER on my ATRIX 4G i have to swipe my fingers a couple of times and still didn't react to my swipe so i stop using that feature and use the camera more. Wish companies would make other ways too unlocked a phone instead of using our prints to send for GOV'T DAT

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