Apple isn’t the only top smartphone maker that wants its future products to come with fingerprint recognition. Samsung has considered adding the feature to its Galaxy Note III, too, but it looks like that won’t happen after all.
Korean website ET News reports that Samsung has dropped plans to add fingerprint recognition capabilities to the new Note “at the final development stage.” The reason? Poor yields of fingerprint recognition sensors.
Samsung collaborates with fingerprint sensor developer Validity Sensors, but the company (based in California) doesn’t seem to be able to produce sensors at stable pace. It would certainly need a tremendous amount of them – since the Note III will be sold in millions of units.
Obviously, the same problem is bothering Apple – despite the fact that the Cuppertino giant has its own fingerprint sensor maker (AuthenTec, acquired last year). ET News notes that “a technological issue related to fingerprint recognition function” is “highly likely” to force Apple into delaying the release of iPhone 5S (expected in September). It’s not the first time we’re hearing about this issue.
Back to Samsung’s Note III, this will be announces in early September. And although it won’t have fingerprint recognition, it should still be attractive enough to all those looking for a large, high-end handset. One of its versions will almost certainly use the new Exynos 5 Octa 5420 SoC. That aside, the Note III should feature a 5.7 inch Full HD display, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.