Samsung’s next flagship phone will feature a swipe fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button, rumblings from the rumourmill suggest, as the launch of the Galaxy S5 closes in.
In contrast to the ‘press-on’ scanner used by Apple’s Touch ID, a swipe scanner requires users to run the top of their finger across the reader from top to bottom in order for their whorls and whathaveyou to be authenticated.
Although earlier reports mentioned a swipe scanner in conjunction with the Galaxy S5, it had been thought this would be housed in the screen, which offers a larger surface area for swiping. Or even in the bezel – that’s the plastic frame – that surrounds the display.
Not so, according to the insiders who told Sam Mobile of Samsung’s plans, who claim that the Galaxy S5 will also allow buyers to secure documents and apps of their choosing with fingerprint security.
Samsung’s adoption of biometric technology comes after Apple’s iPhone 5S and HTC’s One Max both featured the technology, effectively forcing the Korean company’s hand.
The Galaxy S5 is set to be unveiled Mobile World Congress on February 24th and will purportedly pack a 20-megapixel screen and a slightly larger screen.
Most exciting of all, though, is that it’s also shaping up to be the first Galaxy S smartphone to feature a lavish metal build instead of the range’s standard plastic construction.