A new photo has leaked onto social media which further supports claims that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The image of a case, seemingly designed for the forthcoming smartphone, shows a fingerprint scanner cutaway positioned alongside space for the rear camera.
The photo has leaked on Chinese microblogging service Weibo. Its significance is that it backs up a previously-leaked image, which was supposedly of the Samsung Galaxy S8 itself.
Both images indicate that the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be positioned side-by-side with the rear-facing camera, rather than underneath it.
Previous Samsung smartphones have included the fingerprint scanner on the front of the device, in a button that has also acted as the home key.
But along with other leading Android smartphone manufacturers, Samsung’s 2017 flagship handset is set to offer a large screen, without any major increase in the footprint of the device. This will be achieved by reducing the size of the bezels, meaning that there will no longer be any space for a fingerprint scanner on the front.
The positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks particularly noteworthy. While rear-mounted fingerprint scanners are not unusual, most manufacturers chose to position them underneath the camera, rather than next to it.
There is one obvious hazard with Samsung’s location of the fingerprint scanner, in that if the area is not defined well enough, users could end up tapping their camera in an attempt to unlock their device.
However, the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8 may play a less critical role in biometric security, if the South Korean conglomerate is also able to implement the iris scanning technology that was included on the Samsung Galaxy Note7.