Korea Herald: Iris scanner is out, fingerprint sensor is in on the Galaxy S5

January 20, 2014
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fingerprints scanner sensor (2) Fingerprint Cards AB

According to a Korean publication, the Galaxy S5 will feature a fingerprint scanner rather than an iris scanner when it comes out later this year.

The Korea Herald cites industry sources claiming Samsung will use a fingerprint scanner on its upcoming flagship because iris scanning technology is not mature enough for deployment. “Among the different types of biometric sensors that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S5, the tech giant will go for fingerprint authentication rather than unintuitive user experience of iris recognition”, said the unnamed source.

Lee Young Hee, VP of Samsung’s mobile business, recently told Bloomberg that the company is “considering the possibility” of equipping the S5 with an iris scanner. Lee’s statement was non-committing though, and for good reasons, apparently. According to another market source, iris scanning would require a separate camera with a “completely different design”, which would add cost and bulk to the product. We’re still one or two years away from deployment on a commercial scale, reports the Korea Herald, which also notes that Korean biometric tech companies denied they were supplying iris scanners to Samsung.

Fingerprints scanner sensor Fingerprint Cards AB

Samsung is said to be working on incorporating the fingerprint scanner right into the display, but it’s not clear from the report if the Galaxy S5 will feature this type of sensor. Fingerprint Cards AB, a Swedish company developing biometric technology, recently stated that it partnered with global players including some from South Korea. The company develops both swipe-based (HTC One Max-type) sensors and touch-based (iPhone 5S-type) sensors.

As usual, a lot of rumors and unconfirmed reports are circling around Samsung’s new Galaxy S. Even though Korea Herald is among the most reputable English-language Korean publications, we are definitively taking this latest report with a grain of salt.

What should Samsung do to make the fingerprint scanner work on the Galaxy S5?

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