Uncomfortable? Yes. Impractical? No. Let's just get back to swipe lock and use fingerprint reader for Samsung pass and other apps that support it. I don't see the problem here. However, so far I stay with my S7 edge.
oh come on..grow up...i heard all these camera smudging problems when i bought the n8 too...the problem is, the position of the lens is where a person's index will be when taking a call...we changed the grip as the phones got bigger...seems the readers here are too young to remember
Samsung must've been stupid to put the fingerprint reader there. Not only are you gonna smudge your camera lense, but it's so uncomfortable! Trying it out on my old S5 and new Pixel XL (that are supposed to be relatively the same size as the S8 and S8+), you need to hold the phone in an unusual position to reach it! Sure, there may be some error, but why couldn't they have just put it under the camera?
The fingerprint sensor placement does not only look stupid but also is impractical. It reminds me of Samsung's old design language seen on S3, E5 and so on. All these 3 could have been placed in vertical order with a ring for aesthetic purpose as was done by Lenovo on Vive X3, K4 Note or to some extent by Samsung themselves on Note 3.
It appears the majority of you commenting are disregarding the iris scanning capabilities, which will render the fingerprint scanner mostly redundant other than as a back up option or for payment verifications.
Please engage brain before trolling.
Cant wait to hear them explain the positioning.. We put it way up there to to make it difficult to reach & allow you to smudge up your camera lens too!
Joselius, 21 Mar 2017What white square?Umm, the same white square that is referenced in the article?!
It's in the bottom centre on the S8's lockscreen......
monis0011, 21 Mar 2017my s7 edge is pretty laggy and buggy at times, much more than a flagship should be. I'm coming... moreyes it is ... software on Samsung phones is just crap .... had S5 and it was OK .. had Note 5 and that was a disaster ... so much lag that it was unbearable in the end I sold the phone... try rebooting more often ,that doesn't solve the lag issue but it is a lot more usable if you do that every few days . or you could try to flash a new firmware .
ronweasley, 21 Mar 2017This is not very ideal! Come on Samsung!
What's so hard about moving this module to below the... moreIts not that hard if they had more time. The original plan was to have an embedded fingerprint sensor under the screen. But that plan got scrap out last minute before mass production due to it being unreliable and not ready. Synaptics still working on perfecting the embedded fingerprint sensor.
There probably accuracy problem occuring during testing the embedded fingerprint sensor. Due to last minute changes they have to put in at the rear while keeping the front as bezel less as possible. They probably came across a problem while trying to place it below the camera as that is where the battery placement is. With no other space to spare the answer is to put it beside the camera.
MaximoMark, 21 Mar 2017What a weird place to put the fingerprint scanner. I'm not a fan of them on the back as it is ... moremy s7 edge is pretty laggy and buggy at times, much more than a flagship should be. I'm coming from a Nexus btw. what about yours? is this a Samsung thing?
Anonymous, 21 Mar 2017They should've pursued the on screen fingerprint scanner. That would be more interesting.considering the market they lost due to the Note 7 failure, it made sense to not wait on the onscreen fingerprint reader which as per reports, isn't ready for yet.
they'd HAVE to reshape the battery for one and they'd like to play that safe..so something like the s7/s7edge battery would be ideal.
I didn't know bitten fruit company invented square.
Fortunately they didn't use a circle.
Obi Wan Kenobi, 21 Mar 2017Yup, that white square does remind me of some old smartphones from a Fruity company! :PWhat white square?
ronweasley, 21 Mar 2017This is not very ideal! Come on Samsung! What's so hard about moving this module to below the... moreA phone is not empty inside... Moving components in short time is very hard as they may need to change positioning of vital components and that can take a lot of time.
They should've pursued the on screen fingerprint scanner. That would be more interesting.
MaximoMark, 21 Mar 2017What a weird place to put the fingerprint scanner. I'm not a fan of them on the back as it is ... moreA hidden control will require lots of training to learn to use. I hope the fingerprint scanner is at least always on, so you can put your phone face down and align your finger with the reader while lifting it from wherever is resting.
FC, 21 Mar 2017what about right hand? crapPerhaps collegehumor will do a video about this