Many speculate Samsung will integrate finger sensor technology into the upcoming Galaxy S5 handset, and it seems like that prediction is getting closer to becoming a reality.

A report out of Korea has solidified many peoples’ beliefs that the S5 will have a fingerprint sensor—one that is very similar to that of the iPhone 5S.  Apple popularized the idea late last year with the announcement of the newest iPhone model, and it appears this year will be the year where other handset makers hop onto the fingerprint wagon.

“Among the different types of biometric sensors that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S5, the tech giant will go for fingerprint authentication rather than unintuitive user experience of iris recognition,” an industry insider disclosed to the Korean Herald.

Other recent rumors about the S5 had some guessing about the practicality of an iris scanner-equipped phone vs. a fingerprint sensor.  The iris scanning technology, especially in mobile, is still far from intuitive, and it wouldn’t be ‘natural’ for people to have their phones scan their eyes in public places like movie theaters.

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iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor module

According to industry experts, an iris scanner will require Samsung to integrate and extra camera module into the phone.  Meaning, a total of three modules will need to be present, and that wouldn’t make much sense considering most of the mobile industry is trying to slim down the size and weight for their gadgets.

Fingerprint sensing technology is the next best move for Samsung if it wants to retain its title of the world’s largest smartphone maker.  It is becoming harder and harder for average consumers to see any major changes or improvements when upgrading from one generation of smartphone to the next.  Even the move to 64-bit chips may not entice people to upgrade from their aging handsets.

Source: Korean Herald