Fingerprint scanner issues point to Samsung Galaxy S5 delays

Fingerprint scanner issues point to Samsung Galaxy S5 delaysThe build-up to the Samsung Galaxy S5's launch last week saw all kinds of rumours flying about as to what Sammy's new flagship would – and wouldn't – bring to the smartphone table in terms of specs.

One rumour that turned out to be true was the presence of a fingerprint scanner. What Samsung didn't say was that it's facing a desperate race against time to get enough units built to satisfy demand ahead of the handset's April 11 release date.

Samsung and fingerprint scanners, it seems, just don't seem able to get along. Last year's Galaxy Note 3, you may recall, was expected to come with a biometric digit-reader, only for the feature to be dropped because the third-party supplier building it wasn't up to scratch.

As a result, Samsung decided to do the job itself and produce its own scanner. However, the Korean media says Samsung's own design has also been having issues – issues that haven't yet been resolved.

With less than six weeks to go before the Galaxy S5 goes on sale, Samsung is reportedly now talking to another major third party producer, Crucialtec, to help get enough units built to satisfy pre-orders and launch day demand.

It creates the very real prospect that anyone not getting in early might have to wait a while for their Galaxy S5 while Samsung scrambles to make up the shortfall.

Via Phone Arena

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:22

Well, if rumours are to be believed one in five iPhone 5s users have issues with the Touch ID scanner... So Samsung's just playing it safe - like with the Galaxy Ace ;)

SpeedyG  Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:44

Biometrics has a long way to go before it reaches mainstream success in this mobile space.

Treab  Mar. 4, 2014 at 11:58

Well, if rumours are to be believed one in five iPhone 5s users have issues with the Touch ID scanner... So Samsung's just playing it safe - like with the Galaxy Ace ;)

i know the issues we had with the front facing camera... some people always struggled to get it working...

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