Samsung set for change of fingerprint tech with Galaxy S6 — report

Samsung set for change of fingerprint tech with Galaxy S6 — report

19 JAN 2015

Samsung plans to drop its swipe-based fingerprint sensor for the next version of its best-selling Galaxy S device and replace it with a touch-based sensor, according to Sammobile.

The sensor on the Galaxy S6 will work in a similar way to the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, as well as Apple’s iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus so that users roll an entire fingerprint to authenticate their identities. The swipe-based approach only partially registered a fingerprint.

Fingerprint-based authentication can be used for in-store and online payments made via mobile devices.

The release of the Galaxy S6 is expected to be in Spring this year, following an official unveiling at Mobile World Congress in the first week of March.

The new touch-based sensor will be built into the phone’s home button, which is the same approach as the Galaxy S5. The difference is that the home button will be bigger. This should make a fingerprint identification easier.

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