Samsung Galaxy S6 may get new fingerprint scanner design

It’s happening: the big late-Q1 smartphone launch season is within sight. HTC’s invite for its big MWC event is out, and it may just foretell the arrival of the One M9. And while we don’t yet have a date for Samsung’s event, expectations are high that we’ll be seeing that manufacturer introduce its Galaxy S6. Overnight, we checked out some of the latest GS6 info to become available, seeming to confirm rumors of the phone getting a quad HD display and a 64-bit SoC. Now a new rumor is turning its attention to a different bit of the GS6’s anatomy, talking about some changes Samsung may be preparing for the phone’s fingerprint scanner.

Over the past year, Samsung’s brought fingerprint scanning capabilities to a number of its smartphones, all done with very similar hardware: whether you’re using a Galaxy S5 or Note 4, you interact with the scanner by swiping your finger past the phone’s home button. According to this new source, however, the Galaxy S6 will take a page from Apple’s playbook and introduce a press-style scanner – no more swiping required.

This would result in the Galaxy S6 getting a larger home button than its predecessor, but it’s unclear just how big we’re talking – and if that really means something closer to square than the stretched-out rectangular buttons we have now (maybe like on the Tizen-running Z1).

The combination of an easier-to-use sensor and Samsung’s solid fingerprint software could really help refine the tech, elevating it above the risk of decaying back into a gimmick. Of course, this is all just rumor at the moment, so perhaps we shouldn’t get too ahead of ourselves until we hear a little more about the company’s intentions.

Source: SamMobile
Via: GigaOM

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