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Samsung Galaxy S8’s Biggest Quirk is the Result of a Last-Minute Decision

There’s been no lack of leaked photos of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. We practically know exactly what it’ll look like, what specs will be included, and even how it may perform on the market. One aspect of the handset we’ve seen move for the Galaxy S8 is the fingerprint sensor, with the security measure sitting next to the rear camera. This will no doubt make for a pretty awkward unlocking experience as users will have to really stretch their fingers, so what’s to blame for this weird placement? Surely Samsung could’ve embedded the sensor into the display like Apple’s rumored to do with the iPhone Edition, right? And try to keep a consistent experience between the Galaxy S7 and S8? According to The Investor, Samsung tried this. And basically failed.

In the report, Samsung was allegedly planning on embedding the fingerprint sensor into the display in order for customers to be able to unlock their phone much like they would on past Galaxy handsets, what with the lack of physical navigation buttons on the S8. However, the company apparently “poured resources” into developing the technology and eventually got frustrated during the process. This led to the Korean tech giant scrapping the idea and making the last-minute decision of placing the sensor on the back of the phone. Now don’t me wrong, rear-mounted fingerprint sensors are great as you can unlock your phone as you pull it out of your pocket more comfortably than with something like an iPhone or past Galaxy device. But since the sensor is so high up, I can’t help but think this quirk will cause users to accidentally place their fingers on the rear camera instead.

Here’s what The Investor’s sources had to say regarding the matter.

“Samsung poured resources into Synaptics’ fledgling technology last year but the results were frustrating,” a source briefed on the matter told The Investor on condition of anonymity.

“With the production imminent, the company had to decide to relocate the fingerprint scanning home button to the back of the device at the last minute.”

With Samsung not opting to include the embedded fingerprint sensor, Apple’s upcoming flagship iPhone will likely hold an advantage over Samsung’s Galaxy S8 that customers may prefer. This is obviously not what Samsung is going for as they attempt to make a comeback after the tragedy that was the Galaxy Note 7, so hopefully, other features of the handset like its near-bezel-less display, Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual camera system, and Android Nougat operating system will be enough to lure over customers. Otherwise, Samsung’s gonna have a rough 2017.


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1 comment on “Samsung Galaxy S8’s Biggest Quirk is the Result of a Last-Minute Decision

  1. Pingback: Qualcomm Will Start Shipping Fingerprint Sensors Under OLED Displays in 2018 – MBEDDED

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