updated 04:05 pm EDT, Tue August 26, 2014
Website authentication could be new fingerprint function for Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could use the same fingerprint sensor as the flagship Galaxy S5, according to rumors. Details of the alleged additional feature to the smartphone line surfaces at the same time as Samsung tries to hype up its Unpacked event for IFA on September 3, by showing off the device's S Pen stylus in a teaser video.
Sources of SamMobile claim it will use the same Synaptics' Natural ID system as the S5, with the sensor split in half between the home button and the area of the screen directly above it. Four fingerprint features will apparently transition over to the Note 4, including the Screen Lock, Private Mode, and PayPal Payments, though some new items will also be introduced with the device.
Fingerprint Shortcuts will allow the user to associate apps with different prints for each finger, allowing the designated app to run right after unlocking. Web Sign-in will carry over the fingerprint system to webpages, with a fingerprint able to sign into specific accounts after usernames and passwords have been set up. Reviews of the S5 have generally, however, not been kind to the fingerprint sensor compared to the Touch ID feature of the iPhone 5s.
Aside from promoting the S Pen, Samsung's teaser video gives little in the way of hints as to the Note's functionality, though it does hint that Air Command, functions which can be triggered by hovering the stylus above the screen instead of making contact, will be making an appearance in the Note 4.
The Galaxy Note 4 is believed to have a 5.7-inch 1440x2560 Super AMOLED display with 4GB of RAM, 16GB to 64GB storage options, microSD expansion, and a rear 16-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and optical image stabilization. Two versions of the device may ship, with one using a quad-core Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.5GHz, while the other uses a Samsung-produced octa-core processor.