So, about that Galaxy S8 fingerprint reader positioning...


Day after day, we are getting more and more leaks, schematics, and whatnot, which shows us a Galaxy S8 with a very, very impressive screen-to-body ratio and a pretty confusing fingerprint scanner placement.

Yes, according to the leaks, the home button, which Samsung has had for years, will be gone from the front — due to the phone's bottom bezel being so thin, no doubt — and will be moved to the back. But, to our surprise, when the first visual leaks came about, they showed the biometric sensor not to be in a central position on the phone's behind. Nope, it's offset to the right of the camera, causing us to wonder whether that would be comfortable and how many times we would accidentally smudge up the camera glass, trying to reach the scanner.

Assuming the pictures and schematics we've seen are of the real thing, that placement could be annoying for some. What are your thoughts?

(Assuming it's real) What do you think about the S8 fingerprint scanner placement?

That's fine, I believe I can easily learn to hit it consistently
18.29%
Eh, not a fan, but it's not a dealbreaker
35.45%
Doesn't matter. I'll be using the iris scanner anyway!
7.96%
That's terrible. I would reconsider buying an S8 because of it
38.3%

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61 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I like how people still whining about fingerprint positioning for years and say it was a deal breaker. Fanboy these days are utter madness period. The beauty of Android -- freedom of choice, if you don't like it, pick another, nothing's perfect eternal

13. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's a big deal for people since it's the most used button on the phone by far. If you can't even understand that, I can't help you.

14. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Then buy another phone, was his point

18. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's a stupid point. Of course you can buy another device. The ability to purchase another device doesn't magically mean that you lose the ability to discuss this.

20. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

LOL...Discussing and whining are two different things. Going over the pros and cons of a decision , and bitching about something that's not going to change is his point. Buy another device and STFU.

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

How about no? How about people say they don't like it? How about people talk about the importance for them? How about people actually use the comments for... you know... comments.

28. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

That's exactly what I just said.

38. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It really isn't.

41. djcody

Posts: 237; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Who are you boy to said is whining? It's damn discussion don't like it then GFO from comments

29. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

How much do you need to discuss this? You have two options basically, fingerprint sensor on front and back, that's it. we barely use fingerprint until now, and yet we can see so much outrageous for this, it's just a phone for f****** sake! This world has only two genders, male or female, no need for further debate and outrageous fullstop

39. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's. The. Entire. Point. Of. This. Post. It's literally what PA is asking people to do.

43. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Don't feed trolls. Just let them troll freely and die soon.

53. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Says the troll.

49. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Actually 3 now you forget the transgender.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

True for some it guess but I very seldom use the home button.

44. Nopers unregistered

Iris scanner replaces fingerprint authentication and the home button will be on screen. What are you crying about?

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the fingerprint scanner is the most used button on the phone? Man, I woulda guessed it was power.. or volume. I dont think I've ever used my scanner for more than a day or 2.

55. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I never use power. To wake up the phone, just put finger on the sensor. To sleep the phone, long press the sensor. Also it's the home button.

57. khalimany

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

the thing is that a lot of people constantly WHINED about samsung's implementation of the home fingerprint sensor (those for it were few in comparison) saying it should be put in the back instead. Now that they're moving towards that direction, the other lot of whiners are saying its a stupid decision and would but it because of that. You really can never appease those who seek to bash a company REGARDLESS what they do

59. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

My problem is not with it position on the back. I'm complaining about it not being in Centre and I'm a left handed person.

60. shahzadadil

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

It's not a big deal. As it will no longer be a button that you have to press. It will just sense your finger and unlock. You won't have to press it. And aesthetically your index finger will be perfectly placed at the back. The only use for that button was to unlock the phone;

26. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 624; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

What if someone loves Touchwizz and all of its features and they like having the best samsung flagship every year but they hate the fingerpint sensor placement?? Then what is their alternative?? Buy an older s7 edge? or a Note 5 or 6? I prefer touchwizz due to the sheer amount of options and features and sur ethey not everyones tastes but they there for people who use them but I rather have a home button and fingerprint sensor on the front. Im not a fan of stock android, or sonys U.I, dont like how the OP3 and OP3t have no SD card slots. So for me I only have samsung devices as my option and this is seriosuly putting me off.

27. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Huh? It's 2017 for god sake and you still discussing about UI. Most consumers now concerned more on design, specs and pricing as smartphone these days have reached matured stage. I was very concerned about UI until 2015, not anymore.

31. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 624; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Well everyones different you may not care about U.I's others do, to me I need best display which for me is 1440p amoled, good camera, good battery life, sd card slot, no on screen buttons like lg and sony have. For me samsung has it all it was perfect till I heard these leak and rumours about the fingerprint sensor. Its the only thing putting me off. Others may not feel the same its their perogative I can at least voice my opinions and concerns. I want it at the front so when its on a table i can just put my finger on top or when I drive and the phone is on a stand I can unlock my device easily.

35. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

ios gives freedom of choice too. If you don't like it, go to another os. Though when holding the phone often times that is where I find my index finger. So maybe they did some research. My issue is that if the phone is much wider it won't be ideal for little hands. But they may have an iris scanner so wouldn't be that big of a deal.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I know that it allows an impressive screen to body-ratio, but I'm going to miss Samsung's clicky home button with its fingerprint scanner. I really loved that on my good old S2, and I have never been a fan of on-screen buttons since then.

11. maherk

Posts: 7017; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here. The 1st thing that I always miss when I switch away from Samsung phones is the physical home button.

3. j_grouchy

Posts: 186; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

"the home button, which Samsung has had for years, will be gone from the front — due to the phone's bottom bezel being so thin, no doubt — and will be moved to the back. " So this will act as a home button as well?

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31606; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not diggin it at all.

5. dennisfurlan

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Yes, it does seem like a weird placement of the fingerprint sensor. I wonder if you just get used to it, and that's maybe what their focus testing revealed too.

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