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Samsung Galaxy S8 is an astonishing phone.
However there is a minor annoyance with the phone – the fingerprint scanner.
Samsung has ditched the physical Home Button from the front of its latest phone, which enables it to extend the display to the very edge of the chassis.
Unfortunately, the fingerprint scanner – previously embedded within the button – has now been relegated to the back of the phone.
The problem is that Samsung has placed the small fingerprint sensor next to the camera lens.
The fiddly fingerprint scanner is right next to the camera lens
With the scanner so close to the camera, and hidden from view when you're using the smartphone, there will probably be a tendency for Galaxy S8 owners to blindly fumble and cover the camera lens in mucky fingerprints.
Samsung is aware that this could be an issue. When using the phone, Samsung's default camera app will randomly launch a pop-up that wants users that "A clean lens makes for better shots. Clean your camera lens to keep taking better pictures.”
However a new prototype Galaxy S8 leaked online appears to show that this rear-mounted fingerprint was not part of Samsung's initial plans for the phone.
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The leaked prototype device has a dual camera set-up – and no rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
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The smartphone includes a dual camera set-up, like the LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus. And no fingerprint scanner.
It's unclear whether the prototype simply did not include the technology, or whether Samsung had found a way to embed the biometric system beneath the display.
Previous rumours suggested Samsung was hoping to embed the technology underneath the glass.
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According to the Korean Herald, "Samsung poured resources into Synaptics’ fledgling technology last year but the results were frustrating.
"With the production imminent, the company had to decide to relocate the fingerprint scanning home button to the back of the device at the last minute."
We'll never know whether the technology actually worked, or whether it was feasible for the production scale Samsung needed for the Galaxy S8 – but if these leaked images are anything to go by, it certainly looks slicker.
The news comes as reports suggest Samsung is already planning an upgrade version of the Galaxy S8.
According to reports from SamMobile, the South Korean company is already hard at work on the Galaxy S8 Active.
Codenamed Cruiser, the new handset will reportedly be a more rugged, durable version of the new flagship Samsung Galaxy S8.
The standard Galaxy S8 is already certified IP68 water and dust resistant, which means it'll survive 30 minutes in 1.5 metres of fresh water.
Last year, Samsung added a protective polycarbonate layer over the display for the Galaxy S7 Active.
The S7 Active was also designed to conform to the MIL STD-810G military specification to withstand pressure, temperature, shock and radiation.
That's pretty durable – and we can only for the same treatment for the Galaxy S8.
Sadly, Samsung never brought the Galaxy S7 Active to UK shores
Samsung also increased the size of the Galaxy S7's battery cell with the launch of the Active variation – from 3,000 mAh to 4,000 mAh.
Unfortunately, Samsung never brought the Galaxy S7 Active to the UK.
The rugged flagship was reserved as an exclusive for the AT&T mobile network in the United States.
Whether the South Korean technology firm plans to bring the handset, which purportedly carries the model number SM-G892A, to the UK remains to be seen.