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Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s Iris scanner will come to mid-range devices: Report

Samsung wants to bring Galaxy Note 7's Iris scanner to even mid-range smartphones and plans to integrate with banking apps

By: Tech Desk | Updated: August 6, 2016 9:13:38 am
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the first Android smartphone to feature an iris scanner (Source: AP) Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the first Android smartphone to feature an iris scanner (Source: AP)

Samsung is planning to bring the Iris Scanner on the Galaxy Note 7 to other mid-range smartphones soon. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the first smartphone from the South Korean company to feature an Iris Scanner and it is also the first Android smartphone to get the optional facial recognition log in.

Samsung’s mobile division President, DJ Koh has said the company will eventually bring down the feature to mid-range Galaxy devices once the cost becomes controllable. DJ Koh was quoted by ZDNet as saying, “The company has a road map for the technology and moving accordingly.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 7, however, is not the first smartphone to feature iris scanner. Microsoft had announced Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL with similar biometric facial recognition sensors were announced way back in October 2015.

Technically iris scanners are considered more safer than the normal fingerprint security option. Samsung wants to make it the primary method of unlocking and accessing smartphones. Samsung is taking a lead here from Microsoft which has managed to put iris scanners into most of the premium devices including laptops.

Samsung says the Iris Scanner on Galaxy Note 7 won’t be limited to just unlocking the device. The company eventually wants to extend the option to apps via third party integration and API distribution. DJ told ZDNet, “For mobile banking, we are thinking of applying iris scanning for large transactions, and are already talking with banks in some countries.”

In 2011, Motorola Atrix became the first smartphone to feature a fingerprint scanner and later in 2013, Apple iPhone 5S made it popular. Today, fingerprint scanners have come down to even smartphones under Rs 7,000. With Iris Scanners, Microsoft could have become the initiator but Samsung can popularise it and make a standard for all smartphones.

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