What will Galaxy S5 have?
AFTER Apple introduced fingerprint sensors last year, Samsung Electronics is poised to feature the sensors in its upcoming smartphone, the Galaxy S5.
"Among the different types of biometric sensors that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S5, the tech giant will go for fingerprint authentication," said an industry source who declined to be named.
It is said that Samsung is working to put fingerprint sensors under the display panel.
There were earlier reports which claimed that Samsung was working with biometric companies to include iris-recognition software in its next phone.
Mr Lee Young Hee, an executive vice-president of Samsung Electronics, said in a recent interview that, even though the Korean firm is studying the possibility of applying iris-recognition technology to its next smartphone, nothing is set in stone.
LG Electronics is testing the prototype of its G3 model, which also sports a fingerprint scanner, according to industry sources.
Apple's iPhone 5s is equipped with an area-type fingerprint sensor under the smartphone's home button.
Fingerprint Cards, a Swedish fingerprint-sensor developer, previously said that it was in talks with major global smartphone makers, including Korean ones, and that most of them would adopt fingerprint sensors this year.
According to Professor Jang Jin, a researcher at the Advanced Display Research Centre at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, smartphone makers who catch the most attention by introducing advanced identification technology will take the lead in the mobile market this year.
"As other features of premium smartphones - including the resolution of displays and mobile processors (such as a 64-bit chip) - will not show much difference, security features including fingerprint authentication will be a game-changing factor in this year's smartphone market," the professor said.
It is rumoured that the Galaxy S5, which may have both a plastic and a metal version, will be launched early this year.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK