CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Amazon Prime Day Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath DLC launch trailer Justice League Snyder Cut release confirmed Best VPN service Memorial Day deals Apple, Google coronavirus tracking tools

Samsung Galaxy S5 may sport fingerprint sensor, says analyst

A new report claims the company's next flagship phone will compete directly with Touch ID on Apple's iPhone 5S.

An analyst predicts that the Galaxy S5 will have a fingerprint sensor to compete with Apple's Touch ID. Scott Stein/CNET

Samsung thinks the Touch ID feature in the iPhone 5S is a pretty nifty idea worth including in its upcoming Galaxy S5, if a note from a Chinese analyst with a pretty solid track record of predicting upcoming smartphone features (including Touch ID) turns out to be accurate.

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that the Galaxy S5 will also debut with a fingerprint sensor, according to a research note obtained by AppleInsider.

"Fingerprint is necessary for a star model," Kuo writes. "Even (if it) is not as mature as the iPhone 5S's."

Kuo believes that Samsung feels pressure from both the iPhone 5S and the fingerprint-reading HTC One Max to include the feature. This is interesting, considering that a Samsung executive mentioned that the company was looking at iris-scanning security technology earlier this month.

Kuo does not see Samsung trying to match Appe's 64-bit processors, however, predicting that Galaxy S5 models will use 32-bit hardware from Qualcomm or Exynos instead. He also backs up the rumors we've been hearing about a standard and premium edition of the Galaxy S5, but mentions nothing of the possibility that one could come with a metal body as other reports have mentioned.

Plastic cases aside, given the Korean company's habit of trying to be all things to all customers in offering its devices in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and models, perhaps Galaxy S5 owners will have the opportunity to chose between a phone that knows you by the soft touch of a finger or by staring deeply into your eyes. Or maybe the Galaxy S5 will just go the distance and make Scarlett Johansson a part of TouchWiz.