When rumors first arrived, it was said that it would could come with the finger print sensor. The rumors withered away as several leaks pertaining to the device started making rounds in the tech streets overlapping the idea of finger print sensors. It was almost forgotten. However, the latest report from SamMobile has now confirmed the fingerprint sensors on the device. Obviously, it is the Galaxy S5 smartphone from Samsung we are talking about.
The Samsung bound website has in fact revealed almost all the functions that the fingerprint sensors would be able to execute. According to its source, the site says that Samsung would be implementing the sensor into the Galaxy S5's home button rather than the previously rumored on-screen sensor. Moreover, if the information materializes, the Galaxy S5 could come without any on-screen buttons. Instead, physical buttons is what it will base itself on which we have already seen featuring in a ton of the company's previous smartphones.
As unique as it might sound, the sensor itself will work using a swipe gesture. In other words, you would need to swipe the entire pad with your finger, from base to tip, across the home key to register your fingerprint properly. But where would you swipe from? SamMobile says that you would have to press your finger against the home key and swipe at a moderate speed to get it unlocked or to perform other tasks.
The fingerprint sensor would be sensitive to moisture, so wet fingers would give you an error message and tell you to dry your fingers first. The Galaxy S5 will show real-time image of your fingerprint on the display as you swipe your finger over the sensor.
Also as opposed to how Apple and HTC have used their fingerprint sensors, Samsung has a wide range of use for fingerprint scanning. In fact, it is based throughout the operating system. Thus you can register 8 fingerprints and assign each fingerprint a different task or use it as an app shortcut, but at least 1 fingerprint must be used to unlock the device.
There are a number of functionalities engraved with the fingerprint sensors. Thus a new Personal Folder and Private Mode has been developed by Samsung, where you would be able to hide personal apps, widgets, and content you want to keep private. To open and close your Personal Folder and Private Mode, you would need to swipe your registered finger over the home key after tapping on the home key, or you could simply use a different security method, like pattern unlock or security PIN. Also you will be able to verify your Samsung account using your fingerprint and will also be able to sign into different websites, without needing to enter your username or password ever again.
The device is rumored to come in two versions, one with a premium feel (most likely to be made out of metal) and the other one will be made from polycarbonate plastic. It could come with a 5.2-inch ( edge-to-edge) display having a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. The device is expected to flaunt a 2.5GHz quad-core processor powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal memory with a microSD card support. The device will run Android 4.4 Kitkat with Samsung's own native UI on the top of it. A 20MP rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and an LED Flash could be used and we could be looking at the device with at least 3000MAh battery capacity.
There are no details pertaining to the pricing and market availability of the device as of now but Samsung will surely announce the device at the Unpacked Event where we could expect to hear about the same. The event is slated later this month under the roof of MWC 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.