Reportedly confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor inside its home button

Reportedly confirmed: Samsung Galaxy S5 has a fingerprint sensor inside its home button
Whether you find it useful or not, it looks like a fingerprint scanner will be among the new features of the long-rumored Samsung Galaxy S5. We previously heard that the S5’s fingerprint scanner would be embedded into its display. SamMobile today is reporting that this isn’t true.

According to the website, the Galaxy S5 will have a fingerprint sensor built in its home button. Just like Apple’s iPhone 5S, you may think. Well, yes and no.

SamMobile says that the sensor is a swipe-type one, requiring you to swipe your finger pad from base to tip against the home button. Reportedly, the fingerprint scanner is “sensitive to moisture”, hence it won’t work if your finger is wet. If this is true, the moisture sensitivity could be a nuisance at times.

It’s said that Samsung has integrated various fingerprint scanning-related features into the Galaxy S5’s OS (Android 4.4 KitKat). Apparently, users will be able to register up to 8 fingerprints, and at least one of them must have the purpose of unlocking the smartphone. There will be a new Private Mode, including a Personal Folder, accessible either by fingerprint authentication, or with a PIN. Among other things, your fingerprint will be used to verify tour Samsung account.

SamMobile mentions that these features have been “confirmed” by an insider. The website also reports that the Galaxy S5 will not have on-screen buttons. Naturally, we can't be sure that this info is accurate. Not yet.

We're now only a week away from the start of Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, where Samsung is expected to officially announce its next-generation flagship smartphone. Until then, here is all we know about the Samsung Galaxy S5 (based on rumors, of course).

source: SamMobile

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52 Comments

1. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Is anyone even remotely surprised?

15. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Note really, Samsung was considering it for the Note 3 (pre iPhone 5S), enough sensors just weren't ready.

18. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Woooow news flash...and you don't share that with us ?! Look...let's be clear...apples decides to put a big poop on their phone...u bet 'sammy' will have one bigger....that's their motto..copy everything and everyone...

20. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Every company is going to try and one-up each other. It might be copying, but if it's good then I don't see a reason to complain. In the end it benefits consumers.

43. rangaha

Posts: 86; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

that's nice but samsung had a fingerprint sensor on their phone way back in 2005 en.akihabaranews.com/5049/phones/new-samsung-anyca​ll-phone now continue on with your special olympics

34. KingaSpades

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

Samsung copied Apple. Several times. Once based on a 132 page document. And most importantly..AGAIN. you can dress it up with rumors that you pull out of thin air but we all know that if Apple put a human ear on the iPhone then Samsung would have to have them for the next Galaxy S.

35. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Like Apple never copies? Again, if this benefits consumers, what's the problem?

46. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

respect 1+

41. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

common man, im not here to defend Samsung, but, when Apple put the biometric sensor on the iphones, did it copied Motorolla's idea with the Atrix?? of course it did...when Apple put a camera on their first iphone, did they copy, for example Nokia?? and by the way, HTC put a fingerprint sensor on their phone last year, but i havent seen anybody saying that HTC "copied" Apple.

52. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

+1 Common sense!

55. Anchorman86

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 08, 2013

So since cr@pple is sooooo innovative and never copies, can anyone tell me where they got the idea for a pull down notification shade? I'll wait....

16. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Super disapointed. Why fingerprint is so secure? It is ONE sole code! Even LG claim securer system by knocking (Knock Code). And, realy Samsung? You want my fingerprint to verify my Samsung account? Who do you think you are, to ask me my biometric data? The freakin' police? Listen to your faithfull customer Samy; you want me to buy your thing? Leave this policy. IF this is true, I want when my phone starts for the first time to ask me if I want to activate the fingerprint scanner. I mean: I want to be deactivated by default. So no hacked app steal my fingerprint. Or even better make a variant without it. No more biometric $#it in my phone!

19. christophersalse

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

If it's anything like my iPhone 5s it's going to be an entirely optional feature.

36. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I would never use the FINGER SENSOR. Too many info sent out too NSA. When I had my Atrix that was the only reason I purchase the phone with it's finger sensor. now everyone is gettin doing the FINGER sensor

40. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

just out of curiosity, doesnt your government already has your fingerprints?? i mean, at least in my country, to request my "ID document", like social security, i gotta "give my fingerprints" in order to get my id.

48. SirHamm

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

put down the tin foil hat they already know what you don't want them to.

53. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Idiot as a word derived from the Greek ἰδιώτης, idiōtēs ("person lacking professional skill", "a private citizen", "individual"), from ἴδιος, idios ("private", "one's own". An idiot in Athenian democracy was someone who was characterized by self-centeredness and concerned almost exclusively with private—as opposed to public—affairs. Idiocy was the natural state of ignorance into which all persons were born and its opposite, citizenship, was effected through formalized education. "Idiot" originally referred to "layman, person lacking professional skill", "person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning". Declining to take part in public life, such as democratic government of the πόλις, polis (city state), was considered dishonorable. "Idiots" were seen as having bad judgment in public and political matters. Over time, the term "idiot" shifted away from its original connotation of selfishness and came to refer to individuals with overall bad judgment–individuals who are "stupid". WIKI

23. afegit

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Surprised that Samsung is innovating? No way, SS has an innovative sompany since the dawn of time, unlike its biggest competitor HTC

2. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I care little about fingerprint scanners. Design and build quality will be key for me.

3. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

That's something I did not see coming !!!

4. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Its only 7 days away MWC..

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My next phone for 2014.

11. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Yes i need this to replace my htc one.. hope everything will be great..

38. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

PapaSmurf give LG a chance :)

6. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Why is Samsung chasing this feature????? No one really cares about TouchID at this point... including Apple. Latest rumors state that the new iPads will still not feature the fingerprint scanner. Motorola did it once and hasn't done it again. It seems that HTC is not putting the feature in their upcoming phone after the HTC Max.

29. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

I agree, not interested at all. Feature WILL be disabled upon initial startup.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm not surprised. After all this is why APple rushed to be first. Why? Because Apple bought the company tha makes these sensors for laptops. Likely when they bought it, they also found out other OEM's were considering a sensor so APple rushed and took the best option the company has for themselves. I am not claiming this is true. But, consider it an option. After all, why did Apple have to buy the company for such a lame feature that has been around for decades?

10. LAFN

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Except they weren't first.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

S-ID is what it ill be called...haha

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Inside-the-fingerprint-sensor-of-the-new-iPhone-5S_id47308 Check out the fandroid's comments about missing fingers, NSA, breaking scanners, etc. Love reading their comments and now they're all confused since the major Android players are adding one to their devices.

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