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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was supposed to have fingerprint scanner, report claims


Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung could have beaten Apple to the punch with the launch of a fingerprint sensor-enabled smartphone, but the tech was dropped from the recent Galaxy Note 3 handset, a new report has claimed.

The company had planned to include the security tool within the 5.7-inch phablet, announced in early September, but it did not meet expectations during quality assurance tests, Korean site ETNews (translated) has claimed.

Now the company has decided to delay the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor until the next generation of smartphones, be that within the Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy S5 smartphones, the report said.

The report is somewhat of a surprise, because just recently, Samsung claimed it was not working on a fingerprint sensor and had no plans to incorporate the tech within next year's Galaxy S5 handset.

"We are not yet developing the technology," a Samsung official said when questioned, so it's probably healthy to take today's news with a healthy serving of salt. However, it's unlikely Samsung would admit it, even if it were .

Of course, Samsung's purported temporary absence from the field allowed Apple to get the jump with the launch of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which sites within the revamped Home button on the iPhone 5S handset.

HTC is also thought to be getting in on the act when it eventually launches the larger HTC One Max device, as fingerprint security emerges as arguably the next must-have feature within the smartphone industry.

Would you like to see a fingerprint sensor make its way into Samsung's next-fen phones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

For more news and rumours related to the Samsung Galaxy S5 handset, check out our round-up here.


October 10, 2013, 6:40 am

I'd be very wary of a fingerprint scanner. The industry in general does not inspire enough trust in me for me to surrender my biometrics to them. However many times they say that they are not collecting and collating personal info they are found out to have been economical with the truth. Apple collecting people's movements via their mapping software; "opps, sorry, we didn't realise we were doing that". Likewise Google's feeble excuse for hoovering up tons of private info. And if the industry isn't, well, they are not allowed to even say if or what info the NSA/GCHQ is extorting from them. To have the opportunity to covertly fingerprint and ID the entire population - which spook could possibly resist?


October 10, 2013, 8:30 am

I see fingerprint scanner as a gimmicky excuse of not coming up with something really cool and useful. (i.e. real innovation).
I would use it to unlock if I had it and if it was no slower than traditional methods, that's all.
I think many people would be more happy to get dedicated 2-step camera button rather than this.


October 10, 2013, 10:57 am

Samsung's tech that allows it to know when you are "watching" the screen (The eyeball icon) is scary enough...let alone a fingerprint reader! Biometrics and their potential to be hacked is scary!

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