Samsung Galaxy S6 to include new, touch-based fingerprint sensor

Reports on Friday have claimed the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will have a brand new fingerprint sensor, akin to the Apple’s TouchID tool.

SamMobile’s sources say the next flagship handset will feature a touch-based sensor, rather than the swipe-based fingerprint sensor featured in the Galaxy S5 and other more recent Galaxy devices.

The new component will allow users to place their full fingerprint on the sensor to unlock the device, according to the report. The previous iteration only allowed folks to register a partial print.

The sources say the home button on the Galaxy S6 will be larger to accommodate the change. This will enable users of the sensor to enjoy a greater rate of success by allowing them to place their digit upon it at multiple angles.

SamMobile’s report says: “The new touch-based sensor is built into the home button as well, just like its predecessor. However, we are told the Korean company has made the home button slightly bigger compared to the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, which makes the experience flawless.

“With the new touch-based sensor, you wouldn’t have to swipe your finger on the sensor anymore; instead, you would just place your fingertip on the home key – at any angle – then lift it off, and that’s it.”

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Apparently Samsung isn’t plotting any new software features for the improved sensor. However, S6 owners will reportedly still be able to unlock, sign into websites, verify their Samsung account or make payments with PayPal.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is thought to be on the way in the first quarter of 2015, with a launch at March’s MWC 2015 on the cards. Recent reports have suggested the company is still deciding on a final design with more than one iteration likely to make it to the shelves.

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