Galaxy S5 Rumors: Device to Feature Fingerprint Sensor With No Physical Home Button

The Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiling is quickly approaching and a new rumor states that the device will ditch a physical home button and add a fingerprint sensor.

The smartphone will allow users to scan their fingerprints at the bottom left and right sides of the screen, according to an industry source. The scanner will be concealed in the handset's corners and the phone is also said to get rid of the home button hardware found on previous Galaxy models. On screen options will replace it.

The touchscreen is also expected to work while the user is wearing gloves.

"Scanning fingerprints on the entire screen, which was much talked about recently, will be available in the latter half of this year as there are still technological hurdles to overcome," read the report.

A new teaser poster that reveals the release date for the Galaxy S5 also displays new icons that will most likely be used for the next version of TouchWiz.

The image features the date and time of the event where it is expected to be unveiled along with redesigned TouchWiz icons for Speed, Outdoor, Curiosity, Fun, Social, Style, Privacy, Fitness and Life.

These nine attributes will characterize the smartphone, according to Samsung.

The Galaxy S5 is rumored to be unveiled at Samsung's "Unpacked" event set to take place on Feb. 24. The New York Times is reporting that the S5 will launch there and that it will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Gear 2 smart watch. The event will be a bit less flashy than the Galaxy S4's unveiling, according to those familiar with the matter.

The Times also confirmed that the device would feature a 16-megapixel camera and would not have the rumored iris scanner on board. This report is in line with a previous one that quoted words from Samsung's VP who said the S5 will be a "back to basics" device.