Samsung has long taken pride of place as the darling of high-end Android devices, but that status took a bit of a hiding last year with the emergence of Apple’s two new flagship smartphones. Poor sales of the Galaxy S5 early on in 2014 was worsened with the stuttering and delayed Galaxy Note 4, and as such, Sammy is very much back to the drawing board. Amid a flurry of reports and rumors flying around, it appears as though the Tizen maker’s next flagship will include a revised fingerprint sensor – one that’ll bear remnants of its major rival’s Touch ID.
The Galaxy S5 does include its own fingerprint scanner, although it’s nothing like Touch ID at its current duration. For those who haven’t ever had the opportunity of a hands-on with the S5, the hardware requires a user to swipe vertically over it, similarly to those sensors found on many heavy-duty laptops, but according to a report over at SamMobile, we could see a more Touch ID-esque configuration with the Galaxy S6.
The home button will apparently increase in size, presumably to accommodate an entire fingerprint, and so from there, registering a print for security and verification purposes should be a great deal easier.
There’s no doubt that Touch ID is a fluid, seamless experience that, like most Apple implementations, just works, and unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the Galaxy S5’s feature. Still, with the S6 being slated for yet another announcement at the Mobile World Congress in early March, it’ll be interesting to see whether there’s any truth in this report, and moreover, whether Samsung can wow crowds at a stage where last year, it largely underwhelmed.
Along with the customary upgrade of hardware – the Galaxy S6 will, like most top-end Android devices, almost certainly include a 64-bit processor this time around – we’re also anticipating a more metallic finish. For the past few generations, many hoped that Samsung would finally quench the market’s thirst for premium design as well as big displays, fast processors and whatnot, but with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus having really driven that point home in quite damning fashion, there’s no doubt that Samsung is now scrambling to recover.
We’ll keep you updated on any further Galaxy S6-related reports, so stay tuned!