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Galaxy J7 Prime fingerprint sensor doesn’t need to be pressed for device unlocking

With the Galaxy J5 Prime and Galaxy J7 Prime, Samsung has finally brought a fingerprint sensor to its affordable smartphone lineup, a move the company was long rumored to be pondering. We have been playing around with the Galaxy J7 Prime the last couple of days, and we have noticed that Samsung has changed how the fingerprint sensor works when the device is locked and the screen is off. On the J7 Prime (and on the J5 Prime as well, we presume), you don’t need to press the home button to unlock the device. Just put your finger on the home button, and the phone unlocks in a second.

Smartphones with rear-facing fingerprint sensors have always worked this way, but Samsung’s devices have required a full press of the home button from the time the company started using fingerprint sensors. Naturally, pressing the button isn’t as quick as simply tapping on it, and it’s also not as cumbersome. Oddly, while the Galaxy J7 Prime (and J5 Prime) gets many features of the Galaxy Note 7 (like Samsung Cloud and the Samsung Notes app), the Note 7’s fingerprint sensor doesn’t work in this manner, so it’s clearly not a part of Samsung’s new Grace UX.

It might not sound like much, but the removal of the need to press the home button is rather convenient in practice. Hopefully, Samsung will make this an option on existing devices when Android 7.0 Nougat arrives sometime in the coming months. The J7 Prime (and J5 Prime) fingerprint sensor works this way out of the box, and we’re guessing upcoming devices from the Korean giant will follow suit.

Look for our review of the Galaxy J7 Prime in the coming days.

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pars1992
pars1992

finger sensor of J5 prime is better than A5 2016 but finger sensor of huawei like honor 8 lite is much more better & high sensitivity

Deepak Davi
Deepak Davi

My samsung galaxy j7 prime, finger scanner not working good….whenever i set my finger in lock screen function, after one time use it not accept my finger scan…what should i do in this…??

mullarameez
mullarameez

On S7 edge if you are viewing Edge feeds then u dont need to press the home key. Just start edge feeds by swiping on edge and keep ur finger on home key device will get unlock without pressing any key.

gtone339
gtone339

That’s a better way of unlocking the device, instead of just pressing the home button once & placing your finger on top of it just to unlock it.

xdamm
xdamm

Finally. Now we just need to hope the Galaxy S8 gets rid of the clicky home button in favor of a capacitive and flush button a la HTC 10 or OnePlus 3.

Reeneman
Reeneman

Would be a nice addition for the s7 line-up as well 🙂

Sarper94
Sarper94

I hope this comes to my A5 (2016) as well.

SiliconChip
SiliconChip

Previous comment deleted as I missed the “screen off” part! (Ups)
Yet by pressing the power button to turn on the screen, phone can be unlocked by just holding the finger on the home button (also required for the smart lock)

johnnysims
johnnysims

This should be implemented, stat.

sammay69
sammay69

Its a shame that my s7 edge can’t do that. I hate pressing it down before it unlockes