One week back, Samsung went official with its brand new flagship, showing the Galaxy S 5 to the world. The phone wasn’t a huge departure from last year’s model, but still manged to implement a few new hardware features, including the long-rumored fingerprint scanner. For the better part of a year now we’ve been talking about Samsung bringing such a capability to one of its handsets, and after fingerprint scanning was a no-show on the Note 3, our attention shifted to the GS5. But could the same reasons that kept Samsung from going forward with the feature on the Note 3 be creeping back up to haunt the GS5? That’s what one new rumor claims, suggesting that production problems are plaguing the phone’s fingerprint scanner.
Last summer, we heard that Samsung had scrapped its fingerprint scanning Note 3 plans because it didn’t feel that the scanners would be available in sufficient numbers to meet demand for the smartphone. While Samsung was apparently able to get over that bump and must have thought that this new scanner design would be able to be produced in sufficient quantities for the Galaxy S 5, production hiccups and low yields are reportedly driving Samsung to contract a third party company to assist in manufacturing enough scanners.
Will this ultimately spell low stocks when the phone goes up for sale in April? It sounds like Samsung is doing all it can to avoid that situation, but this last minute change to the phone’s manufacturing pipeline could easily lead to unintended consequences. For now, we’ll be looking out for any other signs of problems, while hoping for the best.