It’s unlikely that the Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanning, says The Investor. It’s believed that Samsung and its touch sensor partner Synaptics were running out of time to develop the technology, and with the production of the handset imminent, the firm was left with no other choice but to move the sensor to the back of the phone.
“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.”
Judging by the response to the plethora of leaks we’ve seen so far, it would appear that the placement of the fingerprint sensor is the main thing potential customers aren’t happy about — and we can see why. Anyone with average-sized hands is going to struggle to unlock the 5.8-inch Galaxy S8 with one hand, and it’s going to be near-on impossible on the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8 Plus.
Don’t forget about face recognition
Fortunately, Samsung is said to be working on a super-fast face recognition feature for the handsets, which is believed to compensate for the limitations of iris scanning and the awkward positioning of the fingerprint scanner. In fact, an anonymous Samsung official was quoted as saying that it’s capable of detecting a face and unlocking a device in “less than 0.01 seconds.” Wow.