A new report from The Korea Herald seems to indicate that the next generation iPhone, more commonly referred to as the ‘iPhone 6’, will launch later this year with a “bezel-free” display. As MacRumors highlights, the report mainly focuses on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, which is strongly believed to feature a standard fingerprint sensor instead of the previously rumoured display-wide fingerprint scanner.
The source notes that scanning fingerprints on the entire screen will be available in the latter half of this year, as there are still some technological hurdles to overcome. Regarding the Galaxy S5, the source said, “The finger-scanning technology will be available on the bottom left and right sides, and not the entire display”. Furthermore, the report claims that the next Galaxy phone will be even slimmer, as Samsung plans to use a new panel technology that would further trim the depth of the phone.
“An industry source said Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S5 would sport a display without a bezel, or the rim surrounding a screen, and allow users to scan their fingerprints at the bottom of the smartphone screen. The phone will also eliminate the home button hardware featured on the previous Galaxy models, he said.
The source said that Samsung’s top rival Apple is also testing a similar prototype sporting a bezel-less screen that features a fingerprint scanner.”
Samsung is said to have been working on the bezel-free technology since 2012 under the project codenamed Project B or Galaxy B.