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Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor will cover whole screen, says report

An alleged insider within Samsung India R&D spills the beans on the S5's fingerprint sensor.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 could offer a full-screen fingerprint sensor to outdo the iPhone 5S.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 could offer a full-screen fingerprint sensor to outdo the iPhone 5S.
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Samsung's Galaxy S5 will use its entire screen as one giant fingerprint sensor. At least, that's a new tidbit served up by someone considered a Samsung insider.

Leaking the information to blog site iTechAddict, the "well-placed insider within Samsung India R&D" said that the fingerprint sensor will be the screen itself. Theoretically, that means users would be able to touch anywhere on the display to unlock the phone and gain access to secure apps and content.

How reliable is this intelligence? iTechAddict said that tips from this insider have been on the money in the past, including news about the Android 4.4 KitKat rollout date for Samsung's Galaxy lineup. Known leaker @evleaks and KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also have hinted at a fingerprint sensor for the S5.

Apple already offers a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on its iPhone 5S, but that one can only be triggered by holding down the Home button. Developing a sensor that can encompass the whole screen seems a logical next step, especially if Samsung wants to one-up its arch rival with its next flagship phone.

Still the rumors should be taken with the usual grain of salt. The enhancements to the S5 could be much more low key than these reports suggest.

Speculation has hinted that the new phone might come with a 2K ultra high-resolution screen or even an eye scanner. "A person with knowledge of the plans who was briefed on the specifications" told The New York Times that neither of these features will pop up, though the S5 will offer a beefier process and better camera.

(Via Boy Genius Report)

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