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Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature fingerprint sensor on home button: Report

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The Samsung Galaxy S5, contrary to earlier reports of featuring a screen-integrated fingerprint sensor, is now reported to feature an implementation similar to Apple Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S, embedded in its home button.

Sammobile reports that the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset, though having a home button fingerprint sensor, will be a little different than that seen in iPhone 5S. The users would need to swipe their finger from base to tip against the home button. The handset will also show a real-time image of the user’s finger on the display when swiped.

It has been also reported that the rumoured fingerprint sensor will be sensitive to moisture which means that it will fail to work with wet fingers. It is also being said that Galaxy S5 will include some scanning-related features in its customised Android KitKat offering. Users will apparently be able to register up to eight fingers, with one of them used for unlocking the handset. A new private mode will reportedly also be introduced, which will include the user’s personal folder, accessible either by fingerprint access or a PIN. It has been also made clear that Samsung Galaxy S5 will not be featuring any on-screen buttons.

While the report quotes insider sources, fans do not have to wait much as we are now less than a week away from the 24 February MWC 2014 event, where the Korean tech firm is expected to introduce the Galaxy S5 smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S5’s recent purported leaked screenshot indicated the handset will feature a QHD (1440×2560 pixel) resolution along with a 560ppi pixel density, all packed in a 5.2-inch screen. Details can be seen here.

An alleged leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy S5 retail box packing was also spotted on the Internet in February. The leaked retail box image of Galaxy S5 suggests the smartphone will sport a 5.25-inch QHD (1440x2560pixels) Super AMOLED display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and a 20-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front shooter. The image also indicates the Galaxy S5 will feature a 3000mAh battery and run Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 purported screenshot leak tips Quad-HD display

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An alleged screenshot from a third-party system information tool ostensibly loaded on the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5 handset has surfaced online, seemingly confirming some of its display specifications.

The screenshot of the ‘About’ section of ‘Quick System Info PRO’ supposedly reveals the Galaxy S5’s display to feature the much-rumoured QHD (1440×2560 pixel) resolution along with a 560ppi pixel density, all packed in a 5.2-inch screen. However, whether the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature two variants with different screen resolutions is a question that remains unanswered. The leak has been attributed to a source close to Samsung, by the samsunggalaxys5abonnement website.

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Unfortunately, the screenshot only seemingly reveals details about the Galaxy S5’s display, and nothing more. Till date however, numerous leaks have detailed the expected specifications of the SamsungGalaxy S5.

O2 Germany, a mobile carrier, recently officially teased the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset on a dedicated webpage, but did not reveal any specifications, though it did hint at a February-end launch date.

A recent leak emerging from Korea allegedly reveals that the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy S5 might come with a bezel-free display, which will be the first device in Samsung’s Android smartphone line-up to feature no rim around the screen and a featured fingerprint scanner.

At roughly the same time, a leaked screenshot purportedly showed icons in what seems like the settings area of the Galaxy S5, icons that match the unPacked 5 event teaser from earlier in February. Spotted in the leaked screenshot were the Curiosity and Outdoor icons, part of the batch of nine icons seen in the official teaser image.

An alleged leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy S5 retail box packing was also spotted on the Internet in February. The leaked retail box image of Galaxy S5 suggests the smartphone will sport a 5.25-inch QHD (1440x2560pixels) Super AMOLED display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB RAM and a 20-megapixel rear camera with a 2-megapixel front shooter. The image also indicates the Galaxy S5 will feature a 3000mAh battery and run Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

We expect, based on previous reports, that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be launched alongside a new tablet series, believed to be dubbed Galaxy Tab 4, and the long-rumoured Galaxy Gear successor, named Galaxy Gear 2 at the 24 February event in Barcelona at the side-lines of the MWC 2014.