Samsung Galaxy S5 specs: fingerprint scanner, but no eye-tracking tech?

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs: fingerprint scanner, but no eye-tracking tech?With the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch almost certainly going down within the next couple of months, the rumour mill is spinning itself into a veritable frenzy.

In the latest twist, an anonymous “industry source” reckons Samsung Galaxy S5 specs will include a fingerprint scanner, but he/she says we shouldn’t pay too much attention to the recent eye-tracking talk.

Lovely Lee Young Hee, Samsung’s VP of mobile, recently purred: “Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”

Well, an anonymous source of The Korea Herald reckons it’s a definite no. In fact, he/she goes on a rather delicious rant about eye-tracking technology.

“Among the different types of biometric sensors that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S5, the tech giant will go for fingerprint authentication rather than unintuitive user experience of iris recognition,” begins Anonymous Joe.

“Who would want to put their handset up close to their eyes for authentication in places like movie theaters and bed, or even while they are driving?”

Who indeed, man. Who indeed.

With rumours of lower-than-expected sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the South Koreans are – we’re told – working hard on making the Samsung Galaxy S5 more than just an iterative annual update.

Hopefully they’ve got something other than an iPhone 5-style fingerprint scanner up their sleeves.

One suggestion is that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will come in both plastic and metal. Groundbreaking. We're also told to expect a Samsung Galaxy S5 mini and Galaxy S5 Zoom in due course. Yep.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 21, 2014 at 08:58

Granted, Touch ID on the iPhone 5 is convenient, but I'd rather they all tackled another issue first: wear and tear of home/power buttons! Before the iPhone's scanner reads my print I have to press the homebutton. Wear and tear (Iphone homebutton replacement costs worldwide could probably save a small country from financial collapse).
To turn off the screen: press the home/power button. More wear and tear.
Nokia's double tap to wake should be an industry standard!
THEN lets worry about ways to avoid having to enter 4(!) digits... gee, the finger strain.

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