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Galaxy Note 4 may come with fingerprint sensor

Samsung said to be considering area-type technologies instead of swipe-type scanners

By Shin Ji-hye

Published : June 12, 2014 - 20:35

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Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 4, expected to be unveiled in September, may adopt touch ID fingerprint sensors, a source said.

“Samsung Electronics is considering fingerprint sensors on its Galaxy Note 4 that may be area-type sensors instead of Galaxy S5’s swipe-type sensors,” said the industry watcher, who declined to be identified.

The comments were in line with earlier plans from Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor provider Synaptics, which said it would be unveiling a small area-type scanner in the second half of this year. Currently, Samsung Electronics is Synaptics’ sole client in smartphone biometric technology. 
Concept design for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (BGR) Concept design for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (BGR)

Apple Inc. first unveiled area-type touch ID fingerprint sensors on its iPhone 5s last year following the acquisition of AuthenTec in 2012. This year, Samsung rolled out its Galaxy S5 and Samsung Z, which were fitted with Synaptics’ swipe-type scanners.

“Area-type sensors are more convenient to use than swipe-sensors as users only have to hold their fingertip in place over the sensor area,” said the Korea Internet & Security Agency’s Kim Jae-sung, who is in charge of biometric standardization.

In 2013, there was speculation that the Galaxy Note 3 would adopt fingerprint sensor technology but it did not due to technical issues. However, since the company succeeded in adopting the technology for its Galaxy S5, its next smartphones have a high chance of adopting it until new security technologies such as iris recognition are developed, an industry source said.

Apart from fingerprint technology, the Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to feature an upgraded 16-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. The device will also come with the same 2-megapixel front-facing camera that is currently used in the Galaxy S5. The smartphone will sport the Galaxy S5’s IP67 certification, meaning it is both waterproof and dust-resistant.

The Galaxy Note 4 will be powered by a Quad Core Snapdragon 805 processor that clocks in at 2.5 GHz, and its screen will have a resolution of 2560x1440. The new device is expected to come in two variants. One of the devices, which will roll out in China, Korea, Japanese and North America, will feature a Snapdragon 805 SoC, while all other regions including Europe will receive a variant with an Exynos SoC.

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