Samsung Galaxy S5 Home Button May Read Your Fingerprint

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Samsung’s next flagship smartphone could come with a fingerprint sensor built directly into its home button — just like Apple’s iPhone 5s. A new report claims to confirm that the Galaxy S5 will feature biometric fingerprint scanning that allows users to enroll up to eight prints.

Galaxy S5 owners will reportedly be able to assign each finger to a different task, according to Sam Mobile, which says it received the information from “insiders.” At least one fingerprint must be used to unlock the handset, while other fingers can provide shortcuts to certain apps. A new Private Mode will allow users to stash away apps, widgets and other content that can only be accessed via the owner’s fingerprint. Anything stored in private mode can also be accessed by typing in a backup PIN.

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While some previous rumors suggested the Galaxy S5 would come with a buttonless design, the newest report from Sam Mobile says this isn’t true. Samsung will use physical buttons on the S5 just like it has done with its prior flagship handsets. Unlike the iPhone 5s, which requires users to simply hold a finger over the Touch ID home button, the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner mandates that owners swipe their finger over the entire home key. The Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner is also said to be moisture-sensitive, meaning it won’t read wet fingers.

We won’t know for sure until Samsung unveils its Galaxy S4 successor, but the phone is also expected to rock a QHD 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution display and a 64-bit Samsung Exynos processor. The Korea-based electronics giant could take the wraps off its “next big thing” in just a few days at its Unpacked press event on Feb. 23 in Barcelona. We will be reporting from the front lines so stay tuned. 

via Sam Mobile

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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