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Galaxy Note 7 Edge iris scanner looks more likely than ever – Here’s why

by Jacob Kleinman | June 15, 2016June 15, 2016 12:00 pm PDT

Rumor has it the Galaxy Note 7 Edge could be Samsung’s first flagship phone with an eye scanner. Now a new report claims the biometric feature has been locked up for months.

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.

Korea Herald

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...