Feb 18 AT 2:08 PM Dima Aryeh 29 Comments

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, other features confirmed


According to the latest information given to us by SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will indeed come with a fingerprint scanner as all the rumors have suggested. But instead of integrating it into the display itself, which would have been amazing but probably difficult, it will be integrated into the physical home button. And to disappoint many of you, yes, the Galaxy S5 will come with physical nav keys once again.

The similarities with Apple’s TouchID end there, because the implementation is quite different. Instead of touching the home button, you’ll have to slide your finger over it. This is more of an inconvenience but is said to be a safer, more secure way of reading a fingerprint. And while you swipe, the screen will display your fingerprint in real time.

In terms of software, Samsung has taken the same route it always has: pack as many features in as possible. The software will recognize up to 8 different fingerprints, one of which will be used for unlocking the device. The rest can be set for various tasks and shortcuts. This sounds similar to HTC’s implementation on the One max, but the software goes even further than that.

There will be features called Personal Folder and Private mode, allowing you to hide content, widgets, and apps behind fingerprint-protected security. You could also use a pattern or PIN lock to access this content, but fingerprint seems like the easiest way. I think that’s actually a pretty cool feature; everyone has something to hide on their smartphone–from other people, their kids, you name it. You’ll also be able to use your fingerprint to sign into sites, but that’s probably exclusive to the Samsung browser and won’t work in Chrome.

I’m not sure if I’m a fan of fingerprint scanners at all; it’s a type of security that can’t be changed once it’s breached. But for a smartphone, where the security doesn’t matter as much as a bank, I think it’s a pretty cool tool. Will I use it? Probably, to give it a try. But what about you? Will you give it a shot? Leave a comment!

Via: Android Police

Source: SamMobile

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • dwk

    After using the moto x for a couple months now. I don’t think I can do a lock screen again. I like hitting the unlock button and my screen just turning on.

    • Steve

      You can easily turn off lock screen. I am sure the Moto lock screen has been ported over as an app by now.

      • bob

        The moto x uses trusted bluetooth devices, so when you are paired with something like a headset or a car, it doesnt make you login.

  • Steve

    Finally a phone with some improvements. I am hearing a 16mp camera. 800 snapdragon running at 2.5 ghz. Waterproff and dust proff. A sd card slot. Removable battery. It will be made of a premium material. A finger print scaner. Samsung just does it before everyone else, eventhough I would like to try something other than the usual htc and Samsung, Samsung arw just the first to reach new levels. Samsung is definitely giving me reasons to pick the s5 over the M8.

    • tee gee

      Trust me htc m8, its the flagship like never seen. Even the max one beats the s5 in most areas of specs.

      • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

        What do you mean? The HTC One max has a Snapdragon 600, which is quite old, a 4MP Ultrapixel camera without optical image stabilization, making an already lacking camera even worse, and nothing to really redeem it. The Galaxy S4 and Note 3 beat it in specs, and the Galaxy S5 will be even more powerful.

      • Steve

        Does there finger print scanner launch different apps with each print? Of course not, it’s just to unlick it. Boring

        • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

          Yes, the Galaxy S5 will recognize up to 8 fingerprints and each can be used as a shortcut.

      • Steve

        Are you crazy? The max has a 1.7ghz. The s5 has a 2.5 ghz processor. The max has a 4mp and the s5 has a 16mp camera. The s5 has a remivable battery an sd card, is suppose to be waterproof abd come with a premium material.

      • joseph

        Lol how did you come to that conclusion

        • Steve

          These specs were released today.

      • joseph

        Let’s see….s5…..better processor, more RAM, better screen, better camera, more features, removable battery and will probably see more updates in its lifetime. The only thing the Max has is a larger screen

    • BlazeHN

      Hummm, first smartphone with fingerprint scaner was the Motorola Atrix 4G back on 2011, then iPhone 5S on 2013. You cant say Samsung “does it before everyone else” lulz…

      • Steve

        Dies theur finger print scanber open up different apps with different fingers? Of course not.

  • tee gee

    I believe these tech giants are under some sort of external threats from the NSA and other national security agencies to gather infotmation for them or its either these firms themselves have ulterior motives. Just look at how people opposed this fingerprint thing even at the time when its been made known and proven that information are being collected and yet, samsung goes on manufacturing a flagship with a fingerprint scanner to collect even more data. Whats funny is people think thats the way to go with improved security on their phones which nowadays are their wallets,their banks,their identity,their privacy. Its funny how humans are made to think if they decide not to think for themselves.

    • Steve

      Then dont trust an American company like apple and Google. Blackbery maybe their Canadian

  • BlazeHN

    I like physical buttons and having my screen 100% free all the time (they won’t make almost borderfree phones yet anyways). Hate to have like 15% of the screen permanently covered with a black bar with virtual buttons.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      I see your point. I just wish Samsung would replace that menu button with a multitasking button, then I’d be happy with physical buttons. I quite like waking the device with the home button, something I miss on the Moto X. But still, on screen buttons are awesome in my opinion.

      • Steve

        They do have a multi tasking home button you just gave to hold it down

        • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

          It takes 500ms, it’s a small annoyance. I much prefer a dedicated multitasking button and getting rid of the absolutely useless menu button.

          • Steve

            True, but there is xposed apps thst you can use to scale it down or just dedicate that button your self and turn off home button. Man you can do anything with Android

    • Keenan

      You shouldn’t think of it as “taking away” screen space. Phones with on-screen buttons (usually) have slightly larger actual screen to account for the soft keys. And with a little work you can hide them and use PIE with an even bigger screen. So really it’s like having physical buttons that can fade away: what’s not to like?

  • www.phonewbie.com

    With all these new features added to the already feature rich device, I hope the lowest option of memory is 32GB. Some of these features are cool but they just eat up all of your memory.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      With the Note 3 being 32GB minimum, I think that’s where Samsung is going. Also, some leaked specs state that the S5 will have 32GB base. I hope so too, 16GB just isn’t enough anymore.

      • redraider133

        Especially not when nearly half of that is taken up before the user even loads any of their own apps.

  • Messo

    they take the fingerprint feature from IPhone , and the private mode idea from LG G2 .

  • Cookie

    im not giving my fingerprint to anyone as long as i can help it.

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  • NeoJesus


    Capacitive buttons are so prone to accidentally being touched.