South Korean firm Patron is apparently set to supply the iris scanners. According to The Korea Herald, the deal was locked up months ago, giving Samsung plenty of time to integrate the new modules into the Galaxy Note 7 Edge. The company apparently considered including the technology back in 2013 with the Galaxy S4, but it wasn’t good enough for public use until now.
Adding an eye scanner could also drastically improve security for the Galaxy Note 7 Edge. The human iris has 266 unique spots to analyze. By comparison, your fingerprint only has about 40 different traits to check for, making it easier to forge.
Beyond that new security feature, the Galaxy Note 7 Edge is expected to pack a 5.8-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 823 chip, 6GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera, USB-C and a water-resistant design. Samsung’s apparently set to unveil the device at an event on August 2 in New York with an official release likely coming soon afterward.