There have been countless rumors so far suggesting that the Galaxy S8 is going to be the first smartphone to feature optical fingerprint recognition. This means that the display would incorporate fingerprint scanning technology. One of Samsung's suppliers recently launched a component that makes that happen and it's believed that Samsung might source it for the Galaxy S8. However, if a new report is to be believed, Samsung might actually place the Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner on the back of the device.
The report also mentions that the Galaxy S8 is going to have an iris recognition sensor which Samsung introduced earlier this year with the Galaxy Note 7. It's claimed that the Galaxy S8's iris recognition sensor is going to be faster than the one Samsung used for the ill-fated phablet. Once the Galaxy S8 is launched with iris recognition technology, Samsung is said to re-engage with banks and financial institutions to launch the Samsung Pass service once again.
The report reiterates that the Galaxy S8 isn't going to have a home button but also claims that it's not going to feature optical fingerprint recognition. It claims that Samsung is going to put the fingerprint scanner on the back of the Galaxy S8, it would look quite similar to the Google Pixel's fingerprint scanner that's also placed on the back.
Samsung has obviously not commented on this report so it's too soon to be certain where the Galaxy S8's fingerprint scanner is going to be placed. Hopefully there will be more clarity about this in the weeks to come. The Galaxy S8 is due to be unveiled at MWC 2017 in February.