Samsung Galaxy S8 to bundle an optical fingerprint scanner

Samsung Galaxy S8 to bundle an optical fingerprint scanner
We've already heard quite a bit of information concerning the so-called Galaxy S8, Samsung's assumed next flagship. In the latest, a tidbit on Weibo indicates the device will include an optical fingerprint sensor, which would be a world first for a smartphone. 

Even though some of the early S8 details have been exciting, it's hard to get too carried away at this point. Samsung has yet to establish why its Note 7 went up in smoke and until the company and its engineers figure out what was to blame, moving forward with the next major device will be tricky. Indeed, we heard a few days back that Galaxy S8 development may be temporarily on ice given the Note 7 fallout. 

Previous reports have indicated that the Galaxy S8 will be a full-screen affair, rather similar to what Xiaomi has delivered with its exciting new Mi MIX. It has been suggested that Samsung could bake the fingerprint scanner into the display itself, which would negate the need for a physical home button. 

A source at Weibo has shed a little more light on this potential configuration. Since optical technology can scan a fingerprint through a glass plate, Samsung's supposed full-screen endeavors could be realised. Notably, an optical fingerprint scanner would provide better accuracy speed improvements over the much-vaunted ultrasonic system.

Of course, Samsung could simply place the fingerprint tech on the back of the device, as a large number of smartphones already do. But since its customers are attuned to the front-facing configuration, it would make sense for the company to explore methods to keep it that way. 

Given the excitement that has greeted the aforementioned Mi MIX -- a device that doesn't look to be headed to markets outside of Asia for now -- a full-screen flagship could be just the recovery device that Samsung needs. The firm always makes a strong effort to impress consumers with new features, but there's particular importance on the Galaxy S8 to deliver near-perfection. 

We'll keep you posted on any further S8-related info, so stay tuned.

source: Weibo via SamMobile

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56 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Samsung is going to need to bring their A+ game with the S8. They will need to earn back the trust of their customers.

14. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Samsung always do bring their A game. The note 7 was widely regarded as the phone of the year with the best screen and camera. Just a hame they had he issue with the battery (which I'm still not convinced wasn't caused by an outside party).

24. fyah_king unregistered

Trust? Less than 1% of their phones went up in smoke. You and the media are just out of hand, man. The chance of the Note 7 going up in smoke is one in 27000.

40. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Its still bad for business.

50. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

The media doesn't put in true ratio a percentages. On the news, I have never heard them said 1 in how many note 7s are able to explode.

2. sun0066

Posts: 282; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Love Samsung and the company effort to impress in each devuces , has to improve in onboard memory though

11. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The note 7 had 64gb with a microsd slot. How is that not anything other than great?

17. finestgq1

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Oh hahaha, loving this phone. I'm still using it at the moment. Shoot, I'm not gonna returning it. Nothing else is comparable to the note 7.

44. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess he meant faster internal memory like iphone 6s onwards.

51. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's does not have faster, but it's more about the size of it I.e. 128gb is always going to be faster than 32 go and 64gb, the 32gb iPhone 7 is way slower than the s7 edge even with the sd card reader ther will slow it down

3. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

It'll be a hard choice between buying the s8 or waiting until August or September for the note 8.

4. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

Wow just like the gadgets in Mission Impossible!!!!, soooo high tech and will self destruct in 10 seconds

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Go back to bed. You mommy is going to get you.

52. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

sorry but mommy doesn't want me playing with fire

23. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

You done?

43. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He won't be done until Samsung stops making the best phones so his jealous taste can subside. So, probably never.

46. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

jealous *hate*

54. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

jelly of what? fire pants?

53. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

no samsung is done... welll done

30. Fona13A unregistered

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW Go away

55. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

go to heaven with your samsung

5. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

It'll be a hard choice between S8 and IPhone 8 next year.

20. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

It won't given the fact that S8 comes out 6-7 months before iPhone 8.

21. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I hope they bring back FM radio as well. Edit: this was meant as a reply to #6 lol

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

FM radio would be nice to have back.

34. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I have fm radio on my S7

35. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

The hardware on the Exynos models does not support it unfortunately.

6. blueyzfr6

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE have the IR, I use mine daily, cause remotes just disappear in our house with a 3 year old toddler how thinks it's funny to hide them lol

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2648; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I honestly do not think that this is the time for flashy gimmicks and a complete redesign. Samsung should be shoring up on quality, improving the package they already have (which is around the top of the pile, months later) and really giving the user a fantastic experience. Style over substance is the last thing they need to do.

8. RAV4CAD

Posts: 96; Member since: May 03, 2016

I am going for the iPhone8 next year....

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