Exclusive: Samsung opts for a touch-based fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S6

    A smartphone is one of the most personal devices a human being can own, and it’s one of those devices where compromising on security is not an option. The better the security, the harder it is for someone to steal your data. To enhance security on its devices, Samsung introduced a fingerprint scanner on its early 2014 flagship device, the Galaxy S5. Since then, it has equipped many of its devices with a fingerprint scanner, including the Galaxy S5 Mini, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge.

    Now, the Korean giant wasn’t the first OEM to implement a fingerprint scanner into a smartphone; it had been done before. However, Samsung’s implementation was the best, software-wise. You could do a lot more with it than just unlock your device. Hardware-wise, the Korean firm used a swipe-based fingerprint sensor, which wasn’t that great, simply because it was poorly designed. Samsung built it into the home button, which didn’t provide sufficient surface area for the finger to slide over properly and resulted in errors, ultimately frustrating the users. The only trick to get it to work better was to register a finger in multiple angles, but many people don’t know about this trick, and Samsung’s fingerprint registering tutorial is terrible.

    Nonetheless, highly credible sources tell SamMobile that Samsung is ditching the swipe-based fingerprint sensor for a touch-based sensor for its next generation Galaxy S device. Furthermore, the sensor will work in the same manner as on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and the iPhone 5S / 6 / 6 Plus, sources confirm. Which means you will be able to enroll an entire fingerprint, unlike the swipe-based sensor, which only partially registered a fingerprint.

    The new touch-based sensor is built into the home button as well, just like its predecessor. However, we are told the Korean company has made the home button slightly bigger compared to the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, which makes the experience flawless. With the new touch-based sensor, you wouldn’t have to swipe your finger on the sensor anymore; instead, you would just place your fingertip on the home key – at any angle – then lift it off, and that’s it.

    Software-wise, there are no new features undergoing testing at the moment, but inspite of that, Samsung will, at least, be bringing back all the legacy features from previous flagship devices to the Galaxy S6, including:

    • • Fingerprint Unlock: Verifies the user’s identity and unlocks the device.
    • • Web sign-in: Allows users to sign into websites using fingerprints.
    • • Verify Samsung Account: Verifies the user’s identity when purchasing content in  Samsung services.
    • • Private Mode: It’s not specifically a fingerprint-exclusive feature, but allows user to choose fingerprint as an unlock method.
    • • Pay with PayPal: Allows users to make quick and secure payments via their PayPal account using their registered fingerprints.

    Well, that’s about everything we were able to obtain from our sources regarding the Galaxy S6’s fingerprint scanner at the moment, but we will update you folks if we receive new intel. This is just the beginning of the leaks, so stay tuned to SamMobile; we will be revealing each and every detail of Samsung’s Next Big Thing over the coming weeks, bit by bit.

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2 years 2 months ago

I don’t mind the fingerprint scanner of my Galaxy Note 4… It’s accurate pretty much most of the time and by using the cheat method of registering multiple fingers on a single finger enrolment I can have 4 fingers registered on multiple different angles making it easier. I wouldn’t mind if Samsung implemented this method but 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, you know?

2 years 3 months ago

Apple is the best in this part, Touch ID is great and faster. The #Copy Touch ID# of Samsung is… trash…

2 years 3 months ago

Tell me exactly how its trash?? You have been using it even though it doesnt exist yet??? Typical Fanboi!!

2 years 3 months ago

in germany, finger prints of a political leader were produced with just a high quality photograph of him waving his hand to public…

all i want to say is fingerprint trchnology is a weak authentication method…

2 years 3 months ago

but yes i agree, it shouldn’t be the only authentification for for example paypal

2 years 3 months ago

For me this means Samsung will continue to use a physical home button, which I was hoping they would eliminate. Not only that, it will be even bigger, which bodes ill for any meaningful changes in the front appearance or a bezel-less design. The critics will slam this phone hard if the only major change in appearance is using metal.

2 years 3 months ago

I quite love the physical home button. Apple has a home button and bigger bezels than Samsung and they sold a lot of phones. Its all about preference I guess. All these Choices on android is spoiling us. Samsung should have started with their own OS from the beginning. Maybe it just wasnt practical for them i guess… I dont know.

2 years 3 months ago


2 years 3 months ago

1. There is no mention if it will be integrated into home button. It may be separate are (which is awful, IMHO, but there is a chance).
2. With touch based scanner there will be a way to implement touch home button similar to iPhone tweaks.

2 years 3 months ago

Quick Glance feature from S4 would be nice already.

2 years 3 months ago

This is turning out to be an almost perfect phone

2 years 3 months ago

Excellent news, I hope Samsung will implement it !

2 years 3 months ago

Excellent??? I would say it’s much worse. For example, take an iphone 5s or 6, unlock it with your static fingerprint, the lock it again, tale a glove and put it on top of the sensor and… you have unlocked it without the need of your fingerprint. Perfect system for thieves.

2 years 3 months ago

Tried this with a phone of a colleague and doesn’t work. Don’t talk crap.