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!

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90 Comments

90. aiban_note3

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 25, 2015

Does anyone with a Samsung S6 have a wobbly Fingerprint Sensor/Home button?? And will that affect my phone later???

89. BROWN

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

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88. BROWN

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

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83. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Pure garbage that technology is super old and never really liked on pc now revived in smartphone and me is stupid. I do not últilizo never in my S5 or so and tasted even as I find obsolete.

82. checkmymike

Posts: 224; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Huawei mate 7 fingerprint scanner obliterates them all!

84. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

That's the Chinese phone I was talking about, they had the fingerprint reader before Samsung. And it's fast & just as accurate, pretty sure it's revers engineered, like there latest jet fighters... They bought 5 & started making their own, then sold to the Russians LoL!

87. Furbal unregistered

Mx4 pro works damn good as well

80. JulianGT

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

Imagine the note 5!!!

81. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I can't even imagine the new sensors, real edge2edge poled, what else a freaking 12 core soc...overkill.

77. joey18

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

is more faster then the iphone 6 my iphone takes long time and sometimes got stuck

79. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Did you update? People say apple makes older phones big out & go crazy on purpose so that you'd get the there latest toy.

73. gprez2006

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

Samsung copying Apple once again. I guess "if you can't beat em, copy em".

70. gprez2006

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

Samsung copying Apple once again. I guess "if you can't beat em, copy em".

72. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

There's a phone from Samsung that I saw yesterday & it looked so much like the iPhone 6, the phone was made for windows mobile OS. The glass flowing of the round edge's & all. I'm an android user, but I don't care about the copy wars, I like the HTC more either way. But the point is that even if apple "didnt" get inspired by the Samsung phone I'm speaking of then it'll only prove that someone they actually just create a design that looks exactly like someone else's designs, Apple did copy "BrAuN" style & philosophy, there's no going around that one.... Even the latest creation the "i-watch" …

75. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Its called the Samsung ativ S, coincidence or copy? "https://www.google.com/search?q=samsung%20ative&c​lient=ms-android-google&espv=1&biw=360&bih=511&sou​rce=lnms&tbm=isch&sboxchip=Images&sa=X&ei=v4r3VIfO​EKHlsATswoDoBA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAw#sboxchip=Images&tbm​=isch&q=samsung+ativ&spell=1&imgrc=HDw30tTk9gQIDM%​253A%3BjAPBb07YlzSVgM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi-cdn.p​honearena.com%252Fimages%252Freviews%252F122460-im​age%252FSamsung-ATIV-S-Review-005.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%​252F%252Fwww.phonearena.com%252Freviews%252FSamsun​g-ATIV-S-Review_id3171%3B1600%3B1200", "https://www.google.com/search?q=samsung%20ative&c​lient=ms-android-google&espv=1&biw=360&bih=511&sou​rce=lnms&tbm=isch&sboxchip=Images&sa=X&ei=v4r3VIfO​EKHlsATswoDoBA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAw#sboxchip=Images&tbm​=isch&q=samsung+ativ&spell=1&imgrc=6EQit9lO-Efq-M%​253A%3BaMXggV5Gu5tsmM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fcdn2.gs​marena.com%252Fvv%252Fpics%252Fsamsung%252Fsamsung​-ativ-s-new1.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gsmarena​.com%252Fsamsung_ativ_s_i8750-pictures-4960.php%3B​600%3B282"

55. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

It looks just as fast as the iPhone. Dam that S6 Edge looks so sexy.

63. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Haha, funnu guy. The iphone feels like a Nokia 3310 in comparison.

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Wow that phone looks beautiful. The drop shadow under the icons makes it looks like they are hoving on top of the wallpaper. NIE! The UI was flying. Even faster than it does on my Note 4 on a clean boot with no apps installed. Based on my experience with the Alpha, the Exynos is way faster than the SD, when there is no carrier bloat. Let's hope in my case VZW doesn't ruin the phone. I think I will get my S6 Edge from T-Mobile and just keep my Note 4 on VZW. Gosh I want the Note V, but I don't think I can wait that long. GRRRRR!!!!!

50. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Yes.....unlocking the secrets of reverse engineering, brought you in full HD, by Samsung.

37. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Samsung made his phone more and more like iPhone (Samsung Pay, Built-in Memory, unremoveable battery, metal body) but together with few breakthrough (most advanced processor, curved screen, Camera, Wifi charging). All these effort show that he wanted to get rid of struggle in the low margin market with China's Phone Maker like Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo, ViVo. In the hardware's area, Samsung still formidable.

33. tizz06

Posts: 15; Member since: May 17, 2012

the s6 egde does a lock screen peek before the home can load first so it causes a delay if they disable that feature first then re do the test then the unlock speed will increase

42. chavapa

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

That's what I was thinking too. Perhaps they could test it in two stages, press for screen on then touch for phone unlock. Do iPhone users who use the unlock feature not check for lock screen notifications? It seems to just whizz past it in the video. Or perhaps the iPhone implementation is smarter and only pauses for the notification only if there are notifications awaiting the user.

31. samap

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

Say what you want but that fingerprint scanner is copying Apple's and that isn't the only thing either. There's the glass back, metal frame, so SD card, you have to choose their storage that they provide, fingerprint scanner and non removable battery. C'mon already. You're just making yourself look stupid if you can't see it. You rag on Apple, but I bet you own a Mac though. You know this is true.

26. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

In my eyes the animation on the iPhone happens faster but both gets to the home screen about equal time. How about you try launching the camera? Lol Off topic, who is experiencing serious lag on their iOS 8.1.3 keyboard on iPhone 6 plus? It's getting frustrating. Can't even type anything anymore. I've downloaded SwiftKey yet the problem still exist.

41. anserum

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 24, 2014

I did, especially at spotlight search when you rotating the screen, you can fix it by reducing trasparency, but i hope they fix it soon

86. Furbal unregistered

swiftkey is buggy as hell on mine, i uninstalled it a bit ago as it was frustrating.

25. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I can afford an extra half seconds of my life to unlock phone. Why does speed matter?

61. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I notice that the iPhone skips the unlock screen altogether when unlocking their phone when it senses the fingerprint unlock being accessed, IMO Samsung overlooked this... *or maybe can't because of android way of doing things?* they should have the phone skip the lockscreen sequence once the finger is pressed on the home button instead of the power. I know that I disabled lockscreen completely, even the Swype to unlock & it'd just open to desktop instantly. Its Samsung that overlooked this IMO, they really suck at software.I'll flash the S6 as soon as a ROM with native fingerprint security settings are included.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm just gonna enjoy some cheese popcorn to this thread.

14. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

the iphone is faster to activate the phone, but because of the iOS animation, S6 and iphone 6 take the same time to get to the "ready-to-use" mode... look closely...

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