Rumor: Galaxy S5 to have fingerprint scanner embedded in the display’s corners?

by: Robert TriggsFebruary 11, 2014

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We’re edging closer and closer to the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S5, and the speculation keeps on coming. The latest rumor has reiterated beliefs that the Galaxy S5 will feature a fingerprint scanner, and that the device will depart from Samsung’s traditional physical home button hardware. This rumor comes courtesy of an “industry source”, although frankly that could mean anything.

According to the rumor, the Galaxy S5 will allow users to scan their fingerprints at the bottom left and right sides of the smartphone’s screen. Although previous reports have hinted at the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner, this is the first time we’ve heard about a scanner concealed in the handset’s corners. The phone will also supposedly eliminate the home button hardware featured on the previous Galaxy models, instead opting for onscreen options.

Speaking of screens, the latest rumor also includes news that Samsung’s latest smartphone will still work whilst the user is wearing gloves.

“Scanning fingerprints on the entire screen, which was much talked about recently, will be available in the latter half of this year as there are still technological hurdles to overcome,”

There’s also a new rumor flying around that the Galaxy S5 will be completely bezel-less. The source claims that Samsung will be making use of a new display technology which does away with the old four layered indium tin oxide touch panel. Instead, Samsung is opting for a new single layered panel that offers up greater display transparency. I can’t help but wonder how durable such a display would be?

We haven’t heard anything about a completely new display type for the Galaxy S5 before, and despite the ongoing work into stronger, flexible technologies, it seems unlikely that such a display is ready for mass production at the size required for the Galaxy S5.

  • Tjaldid

    Yes On-screen buttons!!!

    • bungadudu

      It will have a physical home button containing a fingerprint sensor surrounded by a metal ring. (yea, like the iPhone)

      • Tjaldid



    I really doubt that they will drop physical buttons. Samsung loves physical buttons.

  • disqus_2L5WC9Pqb3

    fingerprint on display ? what about screen protectors they are not scrach resistant and after a week fingerprint scanner is not going to work.:(

  • Piterson Massenat Desir

    These rumors man. The tech industry is so packed with rumors I think I’ll enjoy celeb gossip since their facts are concrete. Comon! Let’s wait til the 24th. Quality over quantity

  • no onscreen buttons please. I a=want the whole screen estate.

    • Hoe Hoe Hoe

      Called Android 4.4 Kit Kat

      • i didn’t get you

        • dozi

          4.4 has immersive mode that allows for the buttons to go away when reading or watching video or anything of the sort.

          • lol

            you can have that on the samsung, but you dont need to have the onscreen buttons when using the phone regularly or the 3 dot overlay

          • however immersive mode doesn’t work all the time on all apps.

      • namesib

        That doesn’t allow 100% of the screen estate 100% of the time, unlike devices with hardware buttons.

  • AndroidBoss

    Why does Samsung have to do everything Apple does?
    I mean, who the hell wants a fingerprint scanner? This anyways brings up privacy issues.

    • MadCowOnAStick

      yeah, i wanted the retina scanner, then maybe people would stop buying iphones and when apple sees the problem apple copies samsung then samsung sues apple and we’re all good c:

      • On a Clear Day

        Samsung should have come down hard on the potential danger of using a compromisable, hackable form of ID that could be stolen and then used for the rest of your life – irrevocably, irreversibly, irretrievably, unchangeably – like input your FINGERPRINT.

        By refusing to copy Apple and coming out with all guns blazing about the potentially privacy, security threat represented by risking letting your fingerprint get “out there” – they would have distinguished themselves as restrained, circumspect and truly concerned about their customers’ security and safety – rather than, “done an Apple” –
        incorporating features simply for the sake of incorporating them so they can call themselves “revolutionary”.

        I will wait for the retina scanner.

        • Aniruddh

          Isn’t your retina permanent too?

          • On a Clear Day

            You are right – it would probably be just as bad. Thank you for mentioning that. For some reason, when I read this article – see link below – on Android Authority, I only homed in on the fingerprint, biometric risk – thinking, mistakenly, that the retina would be more difficult to compromise – dah!


  • Stas

    This is absurd! Ho be able scan fingerprint phone must be equipped with scan device or scan camera. In Apple S5 scan device is placed on bottom independently from screen. Now tell me how can you embed scan part over/under or through any other method glass screen?

  • Timmy

    What if you don’t have fingerprints…or fingers? Oh right, that’s called “hands-free”. I’ll believe removing the physical home button when I see it. That’s a game changer for Samsung.

  • Groud Frank

    Samsung did say that they were going to make bold changes to the design ethos of the S5 so I can envision them dropping the physical buttons. I would love to see the bezel free display though. Every concept phone designer dreams of this. I don’t care about biometrics. I just want a new design, refinement of the features we already have and improved battery life.

  • lol

    every single phone that comes out is always rumoured to be ‘bezel-less’ lol
    why cant the people creating these rumours think for one second and see that they will never make a bezel less phone because people cant hold it practically!

  • lol

    what if you have gloves on AND a fingerprint lockscreen :0

    • watm8

      Then you’re just dumb

      • namesib


  • Christian Harris

    They’re just rumors people. Even if they weren’t true, I seriously doubt they will get rid of the button or the bezel. These follow the general aesthetic for a smartphone and I seriously doubt anyone looking for a phone to show off for their friends would get one that looked too much from an iPhone or a Galaxy (LOL!).

  • namesib

    Bullshit. They better not get rid of that physical button!

  • Bryan Z

    so if there are no physical buttons and you crack the screen you are S.O.L.

    • Bryan Z

      Pretty cool idea though! socially for a device like Note 3… you could unlock with 3 or all 5 fingers at the same time.. lol

  • John Smith

    Well i think they would drop button,

  • apianist16

    First an iris scanner, then a full-display fingerprint reader, and now just on the corners? At the rate we are going, it’s going to have nothing by the time it releases!

  • Arturo Raygoza

    sorry I will never submit to a phone that scans fingerprints…oo much power for the nsa