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Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t pack fingerprint tech, it seems

Samsung Galaxy S5 won’t pack fingerprint tech, it seems

Biometric security won’t be a part of the Samsung Galaxy S5 or any other Galaxy smartphone due in the near future, the phone-maker has revealed.

A Samsung rep told the Korea Herald that a Touch ID-style feature isn’t in the company's plans, despite widespread speculation that it would follow Apple’s lead.

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Tech wiseacres and Apple acolytes who claim that Samsung is the ultimate me-too company might well be justified here in pointing out that that there’s a first time for everything.

Chatter that the S5 could feature a fingerprint scanner seemingly stemmed from Samsung's ownership of a stake in Korean company CrucialTech, which has developed biometric tech for smartphones.

The unnamed official said: “We never officially admitted that Samsung was weighing the fingerprint system and Knox for Galaxy Note 3 for security functions.

“We are not yet developing the technology.”

It’s thought that Samsung’s decision is principally down to the fact that CrucialTech’s system is a long way from being market-ready.

Woori Investment & Securities analyst Kim Hye-yong said: “Samsung has to rely on the company for fingerprint functions, but its technology level is still behind Authentec in terms of patents and solutions.

“It will take a year more for the company to supply stable technology.”

Speculation around the S5 also indicates that the phone could pack a flexible screen, as well as a 64-bit Exynos processor.

In a sop to those who complained about the S3 and S4’s ‘cheap-feeling’ plastic build, a metal casing could be on board too.


Korea Herald

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