According to a report recently published by the Korea Herald, Samsung is planning to introduce various improvements to the iris scanner on its next generation flagship device offering, particularly the Galaxy S9, which is rumored to make its debut a month from now. The enhancements are said to be in the areas of faster response time, more accuracy in iris detection in either too bright settings or in minimal light conditions or when it involves scanning irises through eye glasses, and resolution via a 3 megapixel lens (this year’s Galaxy S8 only offered a 2 megapixel lens).
Reliable identity verification is getting more critical these days, especially with seemingly endless news of of mobile devices getting hacked. Sure, methods such as fingerprint reading, facial recognition, and iris scanning are significantly more secure than the usual password or passcode systems, but they are not entirely fool proof either. Some may remember that back in May earlier this year, news broke that a hacking club was able to dupe a Galaxy S8 into thinking a printed image of an eye (with a contact lens on it) was the real deal.
Thankfully, we now live in an age where advances in technology are no longer few and far in between. Indeed, every year, each smartphone model will almost always come with an improved version of an already existing feature. And it appears that might be true of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 when it gets unveiled next year.
So far, the South Korean tech giant’s mobile payment system, Samsung Pay (which could land in other devices not manufactured by Samsung), only has support for a couple of biometric systems -- fingerprint reading and iris scanning. As reported by the Korea Herald, the world’s biggest vendor of smartphone devices is looking to get even more mobile banking apps to also adapt iris scanning as an identity verification system.
The good news is that there is a strong likelihood that Samsung’s iris scanner improvements will also make their way to other Galaxy models. It is even possible that the enhanced iris scanning capabilities will also feature in midrange models either by late next year or in early 2019. For now, the iris scanner is only found on last year’s flagship offerings, the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 devices (that is, if you do not count the discontinuedGalaxy Note 7). As for the upcoming Galaxy S9, the talk is that it will appear for the first time at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, which is slated to start on January 11th in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada.
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