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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Featuring an Area-Type Fingerprint Sensor, Similar to Touch ID?

June 12, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Let the rumor mill begin for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. We are about 3 months away from the official unveiling which should be at IFA in September as it is every year. There were rumors coming out this morning that there will be a curved display and a regular version of the Galaxy Note 4. Also yesterday, we saw some specs of the Galaxy Note 4, which are similar to the Galaxy S5, aside from the Snapdragon 805 powering the device. Now we’re seeing a new rumor from an industry watcher, that Synaptics is supplying Samsung with an Area-Type fingerprint sensor. Right now, Samsung is using a swipe type fingerprint sensor. And this Area-Type sensor is said to be more like Touch ID, where you just touch the home button and it reads your fingerprint. Android Beat did a little bit of digging around the Synaptics Q2 2014 earnings call and found out something rather interesting.

We are also sampling a small area sensor with customers. We expect to see a number of solutions in the market by the second half of the calendar year 2014, which will be a combination of slide and small area sensors depending on the OEM’s need and time-to-market requirements.

What this tells us is this was ready in January and that Synaptics was shopping it around to various OEMs at CES earlier this year. And it appears that Samsung was one of the ones to bite. We all know that the easiest way for Synaptics to get a good foothold on the fingerprint sensor market is to get them in flagships that will sells tens of millions, and that’d be the Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 or whatever Apple decides to call it. So the Galaxy Note 4 is certainly going to be interesting when it gets announced in a few months. How many of you are excited for it? Let us know in the comments below.