Samsung patents different home key and rear finger scanner, hinting at new Galaxy designs

Samsung patents different home key and rear finger scanner, hinting at new Galaxy designs
Samsung has apparently been toying around with different shapes and placements for the fingerprint scanner, recent patent applications suggest. While now it has it embedded in the physical home key underneath the display, the patents include both changing the shape, and relocating the scanner altogether.

The shape-shifter is depicted with a square in a circle, instead of the elliptical home key that we have now on Samsung phones, while the mover is placed on the rear of the device. Now, whether these patents mean that Samsung is planning a complete design overhaul for the Galaxy S series next year, remains to be seen, but apparently the tech to embed the fingerprint reader in the display itself is still far from mass adoption, or Samsung wouldn't be bothering with these. 

Since Apple is rumored to release an all-glass iPhone next year, with something like an edge-to-edge screen, Samsung might also be mulling ways to potentially counteract such a move with a svelte new redesign of its own. We'll see.



27. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Please clear that buttons + fingerprint reader combo from the chin and give us on screen keys and front facing stereo speakers. Pretty please.

21. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'd like a nexus style fingerprint on a samsung phone.

10. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 932; Member since: May 07, 2014

I wish this thing never see the light of the day........ That fingerprint sensor placement is just impractical....... Image that on a 5.7 inch Galaxy Note.....

13. TerryTerius unregistered

Having it at the top of the back? I imagine that would be pretty easy. Especially since most people cradle their phones in their hands anyway. That is a more stable grip than holding your phone by the bottom to use the FpS, with most of its weight balanced over your forefinger.

7. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Moto Atrix style I see..

6. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Huh? This requires a patent?

29. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

yes, to avoid apple copying it then patented it then sue others. At least samsung is not a patent troll.

5. Kumar123 unregistered

Seeing the sign of a major redesigned iPhone in 2017 Samdung is quickly changing their home also. End of story.

2. BobLawblaw unregistered

Rabble rabble rabble, Samsung v Apple, rabble rabble..

8. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

NZ Samsung GALAXY S6 only just got Marshmallow

12. BobLawblaw unregistered

I sold my S7 on trade me the other day. I've ordered an LG V10 from the UK.

24. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Lol what a fool.

28. BobLawblaw unregistered

Lol. Mind your own business you bellend

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