A new report has landed just a week away from the expected unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S5, detailing a few new features that we might see in the flagship Android smartphone. SamMobile has allegedly confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will integrate a swipe-style fingerprint scanner into the physical home button, providing a new method of securing the device.
This won't be the first time a smartphone has included a fingerprint scanner, with early Android devices such as the Motorola Atrix 4G integrating one into the power button. More recently, the fingerprint scanner has been revitalized thanks to the inclusion of one in the iPhone 5S, although Apple's implementation will be slightly different to Samsung's.
According to the report, to use the Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner you'll have to swipe your entire finger pad across the home button, keeping it flat and swiping at a moderate pace. The iPhone 5S' fingerprint scanner is static, so no swiping is necessary, and judging by these rumors it will be easier to operate than the Galaxy S5's.
However, Samsung has reportedly packed more fingerprint-related features into the Galaxy S5. You'll be able to store up to eight fingerprints, and assign certain prints to certain tasks: think launching applications or viewing contacts. A Personal Folder and Private Mode will be included as well, allowing users to hide apps and files behind a fingerprint-protected screen.
We won't have to wait long to see if this rumor is indeed correct, with Samsung's 'Unpacked 5' press event scheduled for the evening of February 24 in Barcelona, where Mobile World Congress 2014 is being held.
The Galaxy S4 is a continuation of Samsung's flagship Android handset, in a sleeker and more modern version inside and out. The S4 features a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. The S4 also packs 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, IR LED Remote Control, MHL 2.0, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.
The iPhone 5s is the Apple’s latest flagship handset. The iPhone 5s is powered by a first of its kind 64-bit A7 processor and the same 4" Retina display as its predecessor. It also includes a fingerprint reader dubbed Touch ID, HD video capture at 720p at 120FPS that can also perform slow motion at 120FPS. Battery life on the iPhone 5s is rated for 10 hours of 3G talk time, LTE browsing, Wi-Fi browsing and video.
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