Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner 'confirmed'

A new report states that it has 'confirmed' the presence of a fingerprint scanner on Samsung's to-be-released flagship smartphone.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer
The Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung is expected to unveil its new Galaxy S5 next week, and before this reveal, SamMobile says it has "confirmed" the presence of a fingerprint scanner on the new device.

According to the publication's inside sources, the South Korean electronics maker has implemented a fingerprint scanner that will work within the Galaxy S5's home button, rather than the entire display -- in a similar fashion to Apple's iPhone 5S.

In order to unlock the smartphone, users will need to vertically swipe the button with their finger at medium speed. In addition, your finger would need to be completely flat and scanned from base to tip. The fingerprint sensor is reportedly sensitive to moisture, and so would come back with an error if the scanned finger is not completely dry.

According to SamMobile, you will be able to register a total of eight fingerprints "and assign each fingerprint a different task or use it as an app shortcut, but at least one fingerprint must be used to unlock the device." You can also apparently use the sensor to open and close personal and private folders, as well as hide apps, widgets and content you want to keep private.

Other security methods, including the traditional PIN code, will also reportedly be available for users.

A number of rumors are floating about the Web concerning the latest smartphone release by the Apple rival, including equipping the phone with a QHD 2K display, 3D capabilities, metal casing, a screen resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, 8GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM, and a revamped home display.

Samsung is said to be revealing its new flagship device at Mobile World Congress on February 24, although an executive has claimed the launch will take place within March or April.

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