Report: Samsung Galaxy S9 Will Feature An Upgraded Iris Scanner

samsung galaxy s9 iris scanner

Korean news website koreaherald, reported on Monday that Samsung is investing in improvements to iris scanning technology for the Galaxy S9. According to a recent report, Samsung may be trying to up its game in this regard on its next flagship.

Further, koreaherald quoted an industry observer as saying: “Galaxy S9’s iris scanner will have an improved camera lens and functions to make it better to recognize the eyes of users,”

“The iris camera lens will be improved to 3 megapixels from 2 megapixels of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to capture clearer images. The scanner will better recognize users’ irises even when they wear eyeglasses, move their eyeballs or are in a too dark or too light environment,” the source added.

A Samsung spokesperson said, “Iris scanner is the safest biometric authentication (among iris, fingerprint and face recognition) and we will continue to improve the system for upcoming smartphones for safer banking transactions,” without disclosing any detailed specifications of Galaxy S9.

The response time will also be shorter from the current one second. This makes the most sense for the iris scanning tech, which is said to be more secure than Samsung’s facial recognition, but slower.

Alongside the improvement in hardware, Samsung is developing software to more accurately and safely recognize users’ irises.

Currently, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 are the only Samsung smartphones that have iris scanners. You can have iris scanner into budget models possibly late next year or early 2019 with the ultimate aim of replacing physical banks with mobile banking, according to the source.

Based on the report, the iris recognition is biometric identification that uses irises of an individual’s eyes, whose complex patterns are unique, stable, and can be seen from some distance.

Samsung is likely to unveil the phone either during the Mobile World Congress in February, or at its own press conference in March. Check Galaxy S9 full roundup here.


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