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Samsung Galaxy S5 could be delayed due to fingerprint scanner glitch

Firm struggles to produce enough sensors ahead of 11 April release
Tue Mar 04 2014, 13:02
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KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone might not make it to market in April, as a fingerprint sensor glitch could delay its release.

That's according to Korean news website Duam, which reported that Samsung is struggling to produce enough fingerprint scanners for its flagship Galaxy S5, due to issues discovered during the manufacturing process. The report claimed that Samsung has produced more non-working fingerprint scanners than those that are functional, and has been forced to draft additional manufacturing capacity from third-party companies to meet expected demand.

If the demand is not met, however, that could see the Samsung Galaxy S5 miss its promised 11 April release. Samsung has yet to comment on the report.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was unveiled at last week's Mobile World Congress (MWC), and the firm touted the troublesome fingerprint scanner as one of the smartphone's standout features, along with its improved battery, redesigned casing and heart rate monitor.

Beyond that, the Galaxy S5 also feautures a 5.1in HD 1080p screen, a quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Android 4.4 Kitkat topped with an updated version of Samsung's custom user interface and an improved 16MP rear-facing camera. There's also either 16GB and 32GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.

As we reported yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will also ship with a premium Android app and subscription bundle worth $500. However, Samsung has yet to reveal whether this will be included with handsets bound for the UK. µ


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