The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner

You might soon be able to use this yet-to-be named device for retail purposes
The next Samsung smartwatch might have a fingerprint scanner

Samsung’s got a firm grip on the smartwatch space, considering that it’s got the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Live, and Gear S thus far in its line-up. Apparently, the South Korean multinational electronics company is not stopping its smartwatch rollout.

According to the grapevine, there’s going to be a new wearable smartwatch from Samsung that will come built-in with a fingerprint scanner – and it’s possibly going to be one that doesn’t need you to swipe and register your fingerprint on a smartphone first.

In addition to having the sensor and not requiring a smartphone for secure authentication, it’s also said to have some simple payments functionality; for example, a partnership with PayPal that will enable the smartwatch to tap into the Galaxy S5’s payment abilities.  

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The system might be able to send you promotional offers from stores that are nearby (based on location services) on this alleged smartwatch, so you’ll be able to have a look through it and filter out what you intend to purchase even before entering a shop.

Sources claim that the “whole thing” has been “confirmed by a high-raking Samsung Electronics official” and that it will be made available to more than 50 countries. So if you take it word for word, you can probably expect one to hit the market soon.

Considering the fact that it seems to be a direct response to the recently unveiled Apple Watch, if Samsung intends to take a huge bite off this consumer pie, you’ll probably see the device sometime early next year.

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[Source: GSM Arena]