Samsung to trade its swipe finger scanner for touch-based in the Galaxy S6

Samsung to trade its swipe finger scanner for touch-based in the Galaxy S6
Samsung is seemingly determined to do everything right this time with the Galaxy S6 edition, insider sources have claimed, and the fingerprint scanner that made a debut with the S5 is no exception.

Apparently, Samsung will follow in the footsteps of Apple, Meizu and Huawei, introducing a touch-based fingerprint sensorm instead of the cumbersome swipe one it currently uses for the S5, Note 4 and Note Edge handsets. Touch is definitely better and faster than swipe, as you can see in our own video comparison below, especially on big-screen phones that require a lot of stretching down until you reach the home key, and its embedded finger scanner. As for the sensor usage functions, these are not expected to be expanded further from unlocking and verification purposes for now. The home button, however, is allegedly going to be larger, so that you can more comfortably use its touch-based finger recognition function.

Granted, technologies like Touch ID are a bit more complicated than a simple swipe sensor, and the component prices are slightly higher, but if Samsung want to be top flagship dog again, it won't leave stones unturned with the Galaxy S6. Indeed, the rumors circulating so far are promising a monster of a handset, with semi-metal chassis, Quad HD display and speedy 64-bit chipset, as it should be with what aspires to be the most impressive flagship for the first half of the year. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S6 around the MWC expo, which begins March 2nd.

source: SamMobile

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1. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Nice. More companies would need to implement a fingerprint sensor the same way Huawei does, place it on the back right where your index finger would rest and allow it to unlock the phone even with the screen off.

4. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

htc one maxx 2013?

12. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

You had to swipe for that, and according to nearly every review of the device, it pretty much never worked.

7. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

that actually makes the device look weird from the back

27. AlikMalix unregistered

I disagree - it is extremely convenient to unlook the phone while it's laying on table without need to pick it up

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

right the huawei mate 7 finger scanner is the best on the market, as of tech and speed in it.

2. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

cant beat touch id, join it.

9. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i love it when someone tries to sound sophisticated and ends up looking like an idiot.

44. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

i ddint sound sophisticated, i kept it simple, so idiots could make up.

31. engineer-1701d unregistered

you do know apple could not make there own touch id so they bought a company that had been doing it for about 8 to 10 years and then changed the name. because if you did know that you would not say stupid things like cant beat them join them. i guess we could say the same for the iphone size and ram and mp and widgets and 3rd party keyboards and many more

45. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

we are talking of touch id here. ofcourse why not buy it ? do you grow your own veggies, like everybit of it, and farm animals that you eat? same goes for businesses. its a give and take world.

3. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I think another "easier" way would be sideway swiping. The home button would have to be taller though. But touch-based scanning is a welcome improvement.

5. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

We'd have to wait and see. and I can't wait anymore! I want to see the GS6 and the Z4

6. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Z4 is going to be a flop and Sony is considering selling off its mobile business.

11. MrTzr unregistered

A waterproof phone with a big battery, great camera and a great sound a flop? I don't think so...

17. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Great camera in a sony phone? Good1

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How many times did the Z series get delayed last year? How many units did they sell? Thanks for proving my point. :)

56. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Waterproofed speakers and great sound don't go together. Anyway, I smell a Sony troll here.

32. engineer-1701d unregistered

trust me on this they wont they will cut back the amount of phones made and then sell in areas they did not before slowly coming back. the r&d makes them money cameras and many other things

33. engineer-1701d unregistered

i think its the gs6 vs the htc m9 either one am getting just dont know have had samsung for 3 years now htc 3 years before that then palm and samsung before that.

8. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Can't wait for LG G4 to include this kind of fingerprint sensor.

53. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I had an Atrix 4G. That fingerprint reader was well placed and it would make sense for LG given their pointer finger bias.

10. ciprian.ruse

Posts: 320; Member since: May 13, 2014

This would be a good move. I think that all manufacturers should add this and tap to wake on their upcoming flagship's

13. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Danial, you mean top flagship in the Android space right? You know the top highend phone has always been iPhone. As for Touch ID and the digital zooming on the watch....if you can't beat them, join them! APPLE WINS! With that said, you can't beat Apple by just playing next to them, you have to pass them. they are basically making an iPhone with a Samsung logo on it. By the way, is their Touch ID going to be round? Lol!

19. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Are you serious?

26. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

The droid fanboys just hate it when you point out that all they do is copy Apple's features.

35. engineer-1701d unregistered

nctx77 you don know the mate 7 touch id passed apples last year faster more functions and accurate, did not need 2 years of tweaks to make it better still all other finger id units have more function then the touch id.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple was passed years ago. You're equating sales to quality. They're not the same thing. Look around the Web, the Note 4 is rated higher than the iPhone 6+ by a large majority of professional tech reviewers. As for the digital crown - poor execution, just like reachability. it's inferior to the rotating bezel that Samsung is working on (rumored), just the same way that reachability is inferior to Samsung's one handed mode. The rumor for Samsung's fingerprint scanner is it would be embedded in the display, so you could just put your thumb on it. Also a better implementation.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31105; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Smart move Samsung, swiping is very inaccurate and cumbersome with one hand.

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Actually my Note 4 unlocks 10/10 times while my 6 Plus unlocks 6/10 times. I prefer the swipe method tbh but there's times where unlocking my Plus with my thumb on the home button and unlocking it in less than a second is a handy dandy feature I love.

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