Samsung is likely to introduce the Galaxy Note 7 sometime this summer, perhaps in August or early September, following the Galaxy Note 5 with major upgrades. One rumored addition is a retina scanner that could be used to identify an end user and unlock the phone.
The idea isn’t new. Microsoft’s Windows 10 for phones already uses similar technology on products like the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Iris tablet offers retina scanning in India. It’s new, however, to see this on a Samsung Android smartphone.
The screenshot above, which has been making the rounds on places like PriceRaja, shows what appears to be a loose translation below a fingerprint splash screen that asks a user to instead unlock the device with an iris scan. Specifically, the translation says “use iris,” according to GSMArena. This is in addition to an April filing on shipment site Zauba that showed “Iris cam” parts to be used “for Samsung mobile” in India though, frankly, that may be for the Galaxy Iris tablet, too. Finally, Samsung also recently trademarked “Galaxy Eyeprint,” which could be the official name of the tech.
Ultimately, the rumors, parts, the trademark and now the screenshot are starting to make an iris scanner look pretty likely on the Galaxy Note 7.