While the Samsung Galaxy S5 has not been officially unveiled with such rumored features as a fingerprint sensor or a 16-megapixel camera, some evidence has surfaced lately indicating that the Galaxy S5 may indeed include such specs. Not only have chatty insiders revealed some likely details about Galaxy S5 features, but Samsung itself has also given the public a tidbit of information about the coming device.
First up is tech website SamMobile, which recently got a scoop on details about the fingerprint scanner expected for the Galaxy S5. Initial rumors suggested that Samsung had plans to implement the sensor on-screen. Insiders, however, have told SamMobile that the Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner may be implemented into the device’s home button, much like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s. Differences will reportedly be found in how Samsung’s sensor reads fingerprints, in that users will have to swipe their finger over the sensor as opposed to pressing their finger on the sensor.
You would need to swipe the entire pad of your finger, from base to tip, across the home key to register your fingerprint properly. Also, you would need to keep your finger flat against the home key and swipe at a moderate speed or else it won’t recognize your fingerprint." – SamMobile
Many expect this method will allow for more accurate readings, as the sensor will read users’ fingerprints similar to how a fingerprint is recorded onto paper. While it may not be as simple, it will likely enhance the security of the mechanism.
Samsung’s fingerprint scanner will reportedly store up to eight fingerprints, which can be used for different device actions, one of which must be to unlock the device, the insider details. Accompanying software for the finger scanner includes a Personal Folder and Private Mode, which can be accessed through fingerprint detection, but can also use other pass options like an unlock pattern or pin. Samsung’s finger scanner may also be utilized for such functions as logging into a Samsung account, and other websites.
If true, these details would not only confirm the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner, but would also confirm that the Galaxy S5 will have physical buttons on its chassis, continuing Samsung’s design tradition. But the feature currently remains unconfirmed by Samsung.
Meanwhile, Samsung has revealed some details about components within Galaxy S5 camera. The Korean manufacturer announced several new flash LED packages, in a press release on Tuesday. One component in particular, the 3432 1.8t reflector-integrated flash LED, is likely to be on track for implementation in the Galaxy S5, according to Samsung.
The 3432 1.8t will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be introduced later this month." – Samsung
Current reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy S5 may feature a 16-megapixel camera with ISOCELL technology. Samsung has also previously discussed its plans to outfit its devices with such lenses throughout 2014 and 2015.
Additionally, Samsung has more or less confirmed it will be unveiling a device at its Unpacked 5 event on Feb. 24 during the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. A number of hints, given by Samsung, indicate that device is the Galaxy S5. The manufacturer will also be showcasing its flash LED packages at WMC.
For a device still unconfirmed, evidence for the Samsung Galaxy S5 is increasingly clear. Notably, the closer it gets to a device unveiling, the more accurate rumors usually become.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.