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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor 'confirmed' ahead of MWC reveal

Will support up to eight fingerprints, allow users to sign in to websites
Tue Feb 18 2014, 09:58
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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's Galaxy S5 definitely will have an iPhone 5S style fingerprint sensor to secure the firm's next generation flagship smartphone.

That's according to Sammobile, which seems confident about the latest information it has been given about the Samsung Galaxy S5.

"Today, we are finally confirming that Samsung's upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S5, will be equipped with a fingerprint sensor," the website boasted.

As well as "confirming" that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a built-in fingerprint sensor, Sammobile seems to have found out how the scanner will work and what it will be capable of doing.

Despite speculation that the sensor would be built into the smartphone's rumoured 5in 2K resolution screen, Sammobile has heard otherwise, revealing that the feature will be in the smartphone's home button.

Unlike the sensor on the iPhone 5S, the Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner will be a swipe sensor, which means that the user will have to swipe their finger across the sensor, like on the HTC One Max. Once scanned, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will display a real time image of the user's fingerprint on the handset's display.

Users will be able to register up to eight different fingerprints, the report added, and these can be used to open specific apps. It will also enable Galaxy S5 owners to switch the handset into a new Private Mode, where they will be able to hide personal apps and widgets.

Much like on the iPhone 5S, the user will be able to scan their fingerprint rather than signing in to their Samsung account, and the report said that it can also be used instead of login credentials on multiple websites.

Check out our roundup of everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S5. µ

 

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