Samsung’s flagship smartphones are loved by millions of people across the globe for the features that they offer, but there has been speculation that perhaps the company is going to bring some of those features to its mid-range smartphones as well in order to boost its revenues and profits from the global smartphone market. A new report out of Korea claims that this is going to happen soon, expect fingerprint sensors and NFC chips, since both are necessary for Samsung Pay to function.
It’s not like Samsung itself has ruled out the possibility that it will never bring Samsung Pay to devices other than flagship smartphones, it will eventually bring the mobile payments service to devices that are aimed towards the budget conscious customer.
According to The Korea Herald Samsung is planning to bring fingerprint sensors to mid-range models though it won’t find this to be particularly easy since Samsung would have to ensure that the additional component does not drive up the cost of the mid-range device, because that would make this an exercise in futility.
Aside from requiring the fingerprint sensor for the purpose of authenticating mobile payments the handsets will also need NFC and MST hardware which will enable them to work with Samsung Pay. It goes without saying that not all models will receive these components, some will still be reserved for the very low end, but one can assume handsets like the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A7 might be first ones to support Samsung Pay.