Samsung Galaxy S6 fingerprint scanner vs Apple iPhone 6 TouchID

Well, guys, MWC 2015 has rolled in and Samsung has finally announced its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge flagships – the end result of Project Zero, a.k.a. Samsung's attempt to redesign their flagship line anew, omitting all issues that users had gripes with before.

One such issue has been the fingerprint scanner. The gadget first appeared on the Galaxy S5, but also made its way to the September-announced Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, and each iteration was notoriously famous for being generally slow and unreliable. It required the user to swipe their finger across the sensor, which creates a lot of situational problems with the angle of swiping, and general handling of the device. Contrary to this, Apple has been employing a more successfully adopted biometric sensor since its iPhone 5s – it only requires the user to press their finger against the home button for the scanner to recognize its owner's print. Well, anyone who's been having gripes with Sammy's old sensor can now celebrate, as the manufacturer has finally tweaked it to work with via a touch-type mechanic.

Registering a new fingerprint in TouchWiz is now done in a way very similar to how it works on iOS. You will be asked to touch the scanner multiple times, and a nice, smooth animation will give you feedback, letting you know that the software is doing its work, remembering how your finger looks from each different angle.

Now, in terms of actually unlocking the phone – we tried the new gadget on a couple of occasions, and even compared it to the iPhone 6. We'd say that Sammy's finger scan is just as reliable as the one on Apple's flagship, as each unlock attempt was met with success.

Now, as far as speed goes, the Galaxy S6 unlocks just a bit slower than the iPhone 6. We wouldn't say that the difference is dramatic, and it may be more to do with software and animations, than the hardware sensor being slow. In any case, we'd say that for normal usage, not comparison and nitpicking, the sensor is speedy enough so that the user wouldn't notice a difference.

Check out the videos below, see what you think about Sammy's new finger scanner!



1. seven7dust unregistered

this is one area where they really improved , but it was clearly inspired by Apple , which is not a bad thing though !!!

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What..... They're inspired by Apple because it now just entails placing your finger over the scanner like typically executed....? I don't even....

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Funniest thing is Apple didn't even make their own fingerprint scanner, they simply bought a company that had made it before they were purchased. He would be better off saying it was inspired by Authentec.

40. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's what they always do, they just buy the whole company instead of trying in house.

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Well, it kinda is, because it's the same feature, in same location, works the same way, even the finger registration/set up animation is almost the same... As he said, it's not a bad thing, and while Apple did it first (the certain way to use fp-scanner on phone), now Samsung buyers can have it as well.

11. maherk

Posts: 6964; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well, no one can deny the fact that Apple is the ONLY reason why we seeing more and more phones come with a fingerprint scanner. It was an unsuccessful idea few years ago, but the way Apple implemented it, made a desirable feature to have. As much as i dislike Apple, you have to give it for them for setting trends that others follow.

32. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

It was Apple who used the best available, while Motorola used the average subpar version.

71. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Motorola was going to use the finger press reader, but the tech wasn't ready, or be masses produced. Then apple came & bought the company right out. I'm an android user & I hope this is a lesson to all the phone manufacturers or there, buy companies, software & hardware, especially if you believe it's going to be vital to your development. On a side note, being as HTC & iPhone share technology,software & other stuff. Like iPhone antenna in the iPhone 6 being of HTC origin, they should of used fingerprint tech on their phones. I'm wondering what did HTC gain from the 10 year agreement. I see nothing, but I do see HTC's work on the iPhone 6, seemless build with plastic & metal. Nothing else stands out IMO.

69. mrochester

Posts: 1021; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Apple is the leader in the market for a LOT of modern day tech.

18. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

wait!!! my office uses this type of fingerprint scanner for security! Apple stole from us!!!!!

56. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Totally agree with you on the improving of the unlock phone, but I'd wish they would have shown how the bio print reader's speed is on an already unlocked phone. If it reacts just as fast as the iPhone then it would easily show that it's only the unlock phone software or ui loading that slows it down. I guess this is something well find out on S6 vs I6 review's. I'm pretty sure it's the way android or Samsung has the phone unlock, that my opinion on that subject. I'm just going that Samsung doesn't make the finger print reader work on S-app's only. Or better yet, Google has a native setting to use this. They could of easily have this in the S5 but they choose the cheap route, now that their under pressure they're trying to do another leap up the for chain, bit this time they have Chinese phones to complete with so hopefully they don't pull a galaxy 3 & then stop, but instead keep improving on touch wiz in the meantime while the G6 is relevant. I have to see HTC's camera capabilities *no OIS but if the software takes care of it & the picture quality is better in going for HTC. & someone please bring true edge to edge, not BS black frames under an edge to edge glass. It can be done already, just look at the smart watche's.

17. Awalker

Posts: 1982; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They should have done it that way in the first place. It was stupid to implement a fingerprint scanner that was inferior to what was already available.

39. chavapa

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

They couldn't have done it that way till now. The only provider of a touch type sensor suitable for use in a phone was brought out by Apple, weeks after they had signed a contract with Samsung. It was a shrewd move by Apple. It set the competition back by over a year and gave Apple and it's fans a lot of bragging rights for what was a genuinely useful differentiating feature.

43. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The best part is samsung got them back big time with samsung pay, I.e. Apple pay is not taken by most shops in the usa, samsung pay most of them will take it, ha

48. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

No!!! You mean Google Pay :)

54. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Shame it's only in the US and Korea, surely the tech would work everywhere else, especially the UK?

67. engineer-1701d unregistered

all will take the mst maybe even gas pump and atm

57. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Pretty thought out for sure, played them like suckers. I'm wondering if they signed a contract... Then wouldn't they have to honor it? I'm sure they would have ordered millions & then bail out?

52. AlikMalix unregistered

I just ran the video on my PC and compared with my iPhone 5s - my 1.5 year old phone beats the Samsung S6 still. I'm pretty sure it's early software - so no reason to bicker - but I wonder if S6 will be at least as fast as it is now after 6 months when a user has loaded their favorite widgets and bloat is using up background processing while the phone is off. Can't wait - hoping I'm wrong - I want to try andrpid again - this is the phone to do it - all the things I liked for iPhone design like built-in memory and unibody design, and I can't live without Touch ID - I loathe having to use a pin to unlock a phone - this is as close as it gets to what I like about phones.

66. engineer-1701d unregistered

i have talked to alot of people htc m8 owners and that had s2 last and apple fans that are saying this would be a nice time to switch for the edge model

74. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, it's a decent looking phone and built like an iPhone (no pun) so I see why someone who's into iPhones for built and looks would try Samsung again (or Android all together for the first time)... This release should put some green bars into Samsungs MOBILE revenue soon...

78. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

The thing is that their using lollipop with android runtime on a 64 bit soc, so it wouldn't be the same to compare it to the older 32 bit, 2 GB ram, kitkat versions.I'm still using the nexus 5 & I don't use widgets, but I use widgets for about a week & there were no slowdowns at all... This being the SD 800, & older specs.

64. engineer-1701d unregistered

if you stop the video you see they are the same just apples animation transition makes you think apple is faster but its still just pre production software. i would not say inspired by apple so much if you go to you will see they simpley waited for the tech to be ready, but the new tech matrix shifting and qc ultrasonic is still better. but this will work better i just hope i can option to use finger print with google wallet if not i will switch to sampay.

68. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Same here, I don't like any S-app's. I hope there fingerprint app works well with other app's. Google app's especially. I know that their s-app's works with the finger press.

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Now, i'm waiting for battery life review before I get this phone. Having Z2 has spoiled me with great battery life.

76. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Right now I'm not impressed with the 4K screen nor the fingerprint reader. For me its the camera & the screen color & battery consumption. I think 1080p is good enough with a 440 PPI & would save battery and CPU/GPU/ram & power. So the HTC is high on my list unless the exynos can save enough better & have a camera not just a bit better,but noticeably better.

4. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

"SiMple. Easy. Super copy." Haha even how to register the finger animation was copied. And John V admitted that swiping fingEr print is annoying. Hello s5 and note4.

7. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

On the second video, S6 is not slower. It is expected. You know Android. One of its features. Lag.

12. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Troll detected!

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Ignore him...

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