One of the Samsung Galaxy S5’s unique features is its swipe-based fingerprint sensor, which allows users to unlock their smartphones by simply swiping their fingers on the sensor. If a new report is to be believed, the Korean tech giant is planning to replaced this feature with a touch-based fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S6.
The news comes to us courtesy of renowned Samsung Mobile insider SamMobile. According to the site’s “khighly credible sources,” Samsung will be “ditching” the Galaxy S5’s “swipe-based fingerprint sensor for a touch-based sensor” on the Galaxy S6. The sources add that the new sensor will work just like the the sensors on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, Apple iPhone 5S, Apple iPhone 6, and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. This means that users can “enroll an entire fingerprint, unlike the swipe-based sensor, which only partially registered a fingerprint.”
Like the S5, the new touch-based fingerprint sensor will be built into the home button of the S6. SamMobile’s sources, however, claim that the home button of the S6 will be “slightly bigger” compared to the home button of the S5 and Note 4. The touch-based fingerprint sensor on the home button means that you no longer have to swipe your finger across the sensor, but just leave it there for the sensor to read it. This makes the experience much simpler.
Samsung is expected to lift the lid on the Galaxy S6 in March at MWC 2015, which kicks off in Barcelona, Spain.
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