Smartphones with rear-facing fingerprint sensors have always worked this way, but Samsung’s devices have required a full press of the home button from the time the company started using fingerprint sensors. Naturally, pressing the button isn’t as quick as simply tapping on it, and it’s also not as cumbersome. Oddly, while the Galaxy J7 Prime (and J5 Prime) gets many features of the Galaxy Note 7 (like Samsung Cloud and the Samsung Notes app), the Note 7′s fingerprint sensor doesn’t work in this manner, so it’s clearly not a part of Samsung’s new Grace UX.
It might not sound like much, but the removal of the need to press the home button is rather convenient in practice. Hopefully, Samsung will make this an option on existing devices when Android 7.0 Nougat arrives sometime in the coming months. The J7 Prime (and J5 Prime) fingerprint sensor works this way out of the box, and we’re guessing upcoming devices from the Korean giant will follow suit.
Look for our review of the Galaxy J7 Prime in the coming days.