Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature on-screen fingerprint scanner and keys: Report

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Samsung might have sent out invitations for its “UnPacked 5” event, where the company is said to unveil its alleged Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone at the sidelines of MWC 2014 on February 24 in Barcelona, however, new leaks related to the Galaxy S5 seem to shed more details about the yet-to-be-announced device.

Itechaddict in a report, citing an insider from Samsung India R&D, has claimed that the South Korean major has abandonned the physical button on the front panel of Galaxy S5, and instead chosen to go with onscreen buttons. The quoted source also said the long-rumoured fingerprint scanner has been integrated the into the Galaxy S5’s display panel.

The report claims that the fingerprint scanner has been implemented in a way that the fingerprint sensor is on the screen. The report does not share any other details about the technology used in the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5, but we expect the feature to work like fingerprint prank apps that are available on the Google Play store.

The report informs that Samsung has used a similar method to implement the fingerprint scanner on the S5, to what the company has been using to implement the S Pen stylus interface. According to the report, the company has been using an electromagnetic field layer to realise the stylus input.

Samsung is also rumoured to include multi-hovering touch technology on its next flagship smartphone. The multi-hovering touch technology is said to be prepared by Synaptics tech, which is expected to enhance the finger-hovering accuracy of the screen input. Notably, the Synaptics’ new technology is said to detect movements from 15mm to 30mm above the display and could detect more than one finger at a time.

In addition, Sammobile has also purportedly leaked the new S Voice UI interface which is said to debut on the long-rumoured Galaxy S5. As per Sammobile, the new alleged S Voice interface is now faster compared to the last version. Further, the S Voice UI interface has reportedly been revamped, though there are no major colour scheme and aesthetic changes.

Earlier on Wednesday, the anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5’s specifications were puportedly leakedvia popular Russian tipster for smartphone devices, Eldar Murtazin.

According to the tipster, the Galaxy S5 is said to sport a 5.24-inch AMOLED screen with a QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution; two storage variants- 32GB/64GB; two processor variants – Exynos 6 and Snapdragon 805, and a 3200mAh battery.

The optics rumoured for the Galaxy S5 include a 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 3.2-megapixel front-facing shooter.


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