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Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature fingerprint scanner after all?

Despite recent reports to the contrary, it has been suggested that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 handset will play host to an integrated fingerprint scanner.

A move that would see the eagerly awaited Samsung Galaxy S5 echo Apple’s recent smartphone addition aboard the iPhone 5S, biometric sensor specialist Fingerprint Cards has told Reuters that it “expects” Samsung to launch “at least one, probably even two” fingerprint reading phones in 2014.

While it is widely expected that the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 will become the first of these to host the privacy improving technology, the second looks set to be the stylus hosting Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Although highlighting Samsung specifically, Johan Carlstrom, CEO of Fingerprint Cards told the news outlet that he expects multiple manufacturers to follow Apple’s suit and add fingerprint readers to their phones during the coming year.

“I think at least seven or eight will launch a phone with a touch sensor in 2014,” the industry specialist said.

Having highlighted his beliefs that two new Samsung handset will run fingerprint sensors, he added: “Samsung is well known for having multiple suppliers for most components and our goal is to be selected as one of their sensor suppliers already in 2014.”

With Apple the first to make the move to a fingerprint scanner hosting phone, Carlstrom has claimed that the Cupertino company will be followed by a fleet of copycat offerings.

“It was an industry breakthrough and certainly opens the flood gates and starts a new industry,” he said. “We are just at the beginning of the growth phase.”

Back in September, Samsung seemed to rubbish claims that it would bestow its next flagship phone with an integrated fingerprint scanner.

“We are not yet developing the technology,” an official Samsung spokesperson is reported to have told Korean news outlets when questioned on a fingerprint scanner hosting Samsung Galaxy S5.

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