Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specs, Features, News & Update: Synaptics New Optical-Based Fingerprint Sensor at Back?

By Ritwik Roy , Updated Dec 18, 2016 08:24 AM EST

If latest reports are to be believed, the Samsung Galaxy S8 may have a fingerprint scanner at the back and it will be a Synaptics new optical-based fingerprint sensor. This sensor offers high-resolution fingerprint scanning through 1mm of full cover glass. However, there are doubts in minds of some tech enthusiasts regarding this sensor.

The Synaptics sensor is expected to go into mass production in the second quarter of 2017 though samples will be sent in the first quarter. As the Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be released in MWC 2017 at the end of February, the timelines do not seem to match, reports XDA.

Synaptics or not, a report by South-Korean website Naver has stated that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will have the fingerprint scanner at the back of it. The report also states that the handset may drop the Home button entirely and a much-improved Iris Scanner will also make a return. Samsung is said to be using the Iris recognition technology to re-launch the Samsung Pass Service.

All this may turn out to be mere rumors as Samsung has not confirmed any of these details. Samsung is the odd one out in the Android market that still uses a physical Home button. Moreover, numerous Android devices already have fingerprint scanners at the back. Up to now, the only things that have been confirmed by the tech giant for the Samsung Galaxy S8 are a slick design, an improved camera and an upgraded artificial intelligence service.

According to Tech Times, Samsung's communications VP, Lee Jae-yong, has confirmed these and nothing else. As far as other rumored specs are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S8 may feature Bluetooth 5.0, Y-Octa Display technology, Rear-Mounted Fingerprint Scanner and Iris Scanner, front-facing camera with Auto Focus and Harman stereo speakers. Stay tuned on GameNGuide for more updates on the Samsung Galaxy S8 handset.

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