Samsung to phase out the fingerprint scanner on future handsets?

Samsung to phase out the fingerprint scanner on future handsets?
It happened so quickly. From 2011's Motorola Atrix to now, we have seen the fingerprint scanner go from a rarity to a feature found on even low priced handsets. At the same time, smartphone owners have had their feelings about the biometric reader go from "what the hell do I need a fingerprint scanner for?" to "I'd be lost without my fingerprint scanner." Well, maybe that overstates the thinking of device owners, but today's smartphone user has apparently lost the ability to unlock a device or verify his identification without having his fingerprint scanned.

But now, we could be looking at a new era, one that relies on another way to verify identity. For example, the "revolutionary" front-facing camera on the Apple iPhone 8 that super Apple analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo has discussed, is supposed to include face detection that could allow Apple to ditch the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The 10th anniversary model reportedly will have an edge-to-edge display with the front of the phone totally covered by the screen. With all buttons removed, Touch ID will either be replaced completely with this face detection system, or else Apple will embed it under the display in the area reserved for such functions.

Now it appears that Samsung could be planning on doing away with the fingerprint scanner. According to a tweet out of China, a member of Samsung's staff allegedly said, "We will kill the fingerprint, it's obsolete." The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ both have a fingerprint scanner and an iris scanner on board. However, a recent report said that the iris scanner has been working too slowly and has not been reliable, forcing Sammy to add facial recognition to its new flagship handsets. The latter will supposedly unlock a phone in .01 seconds.

Now, the cycle starts over; before you know it, the iris scanner will have followed in the footsteps of the fingerprint scanner going from rarity to commonplace. If the tweeted quote is legit, Samsung could ditch the fingerprint scanner by the time that the 2018 flagship model is unveiled.. 

source: @mmddj_china via Droidholic



1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Technology must push forward... Let's hope there's a viable and reliable replacement on its way...

38. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Youu suck iPhonearena!!! Only praise apple fir a revolutionary iris scanner wtf! None iPhone con the market has a iris scanner only few phones ├▒okia lumia galaxy note 7 surface

55. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Haha, Iphone always gets praises even for its rumours. The incredible oled screen......ow wait, its still not here. Wireless charging capacities without the need for a dock...... wait what, also not here? If all the rumours Apple got credit for had really come true we would have had a legendary iphone by now.

2. bossman

Posts: 264; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

If Samsung gets rid of the fingerprint scanner, it'll be just like what happened with the removable battery. Everybody would get mad that it's gone, but after a while everyone will get used to it.

25. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The only reason companies keep changing things like this instead of preserving what's tried and true is to keep things novel and different. Expect that many features will change over time not because they don't work, but because people get used to them and companies need to keep things "fresh" by adding and removing things. Sometimes its in the name of "bravery", other times it's disguised as progress. It's purely human nature to be attracted to novelty, and smartphone companies play into this to try and get their product to be noticed.

32. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

We are NOT used to it! We are FORCED to accept and will COMPLAIN anywhere and anytime we can! We want choice. We want to decide for ourselves if and when we want to use it. We DON'T want some freaking company dictating us when we should ditch it. It's always the same. Technology evolves. Companies make us "want" it and right when we finally get used to it (especially non-tech savvy people) those same goddamn companies decide that it's "obsolete" again. The same happened with IR-blaster. I, for one, will KEEP on nagging and moaning about this! Even just to annoy those goddamn companies whom, in reality, don't give a s**t! Certainly not for their CEO's sake whom live in their ivory towers, lost touch with reality and are to be too big for one's boots!

3. liteon163

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Right now I prefer the fingerprint scanner. I work in a dark environment and doubt an iris/facial scanner would work well enough. But I'm all for embedding the fingerprint scanner under the screen.

6. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Iris scanner uses IR, hence will work even in a perfectly dark room.

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Shh we all know Remotes don't work in the dark

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

It is also bad for your eyes, I wouldn't use it.

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The sun is also bad for your eyes, how do you avoid it? Only if the IR emitters are very intense do you then have anything to be concerned about...if they work anything like Windows Hello (which the Note 7 did), their IR emitters wouldn't be that intense to be concerned about, plus, you don't even need to look at them for it to recognize you, just focus on the screen.

27. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The sun is unavoidable but I can wear sunglass if want to and of course I don't stare at the sun like some idiot lol. iris scanners I can avoid and will. Hell even samsung recommended a certain distance with the Note 7 when using the iris scanner due to the fact that it can damage your eye and of course no one would actually remember to use the right distance every time. Also even if you were just focusing on the screen the IR would still have to scan your eyes, just saying lol.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not bright enough to damage your eyes. Samsung disclaimer was typical legal boilerplate, because you're always going to have someone claim injury.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

BTW most sunglasses filter UV.

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

no it isnt. reading stupid posts that have no point, are actually bad on the eyes.

45. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not bad on the eyes just the brain lol. Either way, I don't like iris scanners and eye won't be using them ha.

26. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

If it's too low, it won't matter

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Note7's IRIS scanner was not slow at all.

4. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Galaxy S9 start screen: If you are the owner of the device please press "scan now" to detect your body biometrics. Ok done! Now just hold your phone to unlock it.

10. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

it'll need a blood sample

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Why does this Article try to give Apple credit for Facial recognition/Iris Scanner becoming a thing?

7. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

See the author's name.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015


12. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Because you are bitter. Are you fond of bitter melon? Hihihi

18. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

yeah its quite obvious that author is trying his best to give credit to i8 even base on rumors . can you imagine if i8 really come with iris ? he will say apple invent iris scanner and even possibly accuse samsung for copying . they may write it wisely but the intention is the same :D

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For the same reason it gives credit to the Atrix for being first with fingerprint scanners, the author doesn't know his history. The Windows Mobile-powered ES400 had it well over a year prior.

35. ayylmao

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 10, 2017


41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Becauze Alan PhuckTard and Victor Hellbent Hatred both hate Samsung. Apple's stem always has to be in their mouths because hey, selling your spul to the devil foe a dollar is more important than standing up for what is right. Tim Cook must have the best mouth amd @$$ in the wprld foe these always to have one of the other in their mouth. yeah i said it. someome should thats why whats his name left. its ok to lile whatever. but to keep giving cresit to someome who doesnt deserve takes a real loser.

11. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Lol! Will those facial recognition work even if you are in the middle of the dark?

13. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

they use IR sensors, so ask yourself, does your TV remote work in the dark?

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