Samsung Tipped to Include Fingerprint Scanner, Pay Features in Budget Phones

Samsung’s high-end smartphone features such as fingerprint scanner and Samsung Pay mobile payment may soon make it to budget smartphones, if a new report is to be believed.

Korea Herald reports that the company is planning to include the two premium features in its affordable handsets. The report quotes an industry source, “Samsung is planning to deploy fingerprint sensors in budget smartphone models.”

The source added that one of the major obstacles in the adoption of the fingerprint scanner and Samsung Pay features may be the price. The move is said to be inspired by the South Korean company’s performance in emerging markets with low-end handsets. Details about any launch time-frame is limited as of now.

It’s worth noting that the fingerprint scanner and Samsung Pay features have until now only seen in smartphones including Galaxy S flagships and Galaxy Note series as well as some Samsung’s Galaxy A-series handsets also included the fingerprint scanner.

The addition of fingerprint scanner and Samsung Pay will not only add to the feature list of the company’s low-end smartphone but will also attract consumers. The report cites Hwang Min-sung, analyst from Samsung Securities, who forecast that the company would likely install the payment system on its Android-powered phones.

A recent report had also suggested that Samsung was preparing to launch a high-end Tizen-basedsmartphone next year. The details of the smartphone were however, not yet clear. The company is said to either expand its Z line of handsets or introduce a new series altogether.

It is worth mentioning that Samsung’s Tizen OS overtook BlackBerry OS to become the fourth largest smartphone operating system in Q3 2015, as per Strategy Analytics report.