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Galaxy Note 7’s iris scanner will come to midrange Samsung phones

by Killian Bell | August 5, 2016August 5, 2016 5:27 am PST

Samsung has promised that its new iris scanning technology inside the Galaxy Note 7, which took three years to develop, will make its way into midrange devices later on.

“We’ve invested over three years in the development of iris scanning technology,” said DJ Koh, president of Samsung’s mobile division, after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 7 at an Unpacked event in New York City on Tuesday.

“In theory, out of all the biometric security systems, iris scanning is the most secure,” he added. “We did not put iris scanning in the flagship model just to do ‘unlock’. In the long run, through third parties and API, we want to connect it with apps.”

Samsung wants the iris scanner to be used in the same way fingerprint scanners are — to protect things like mobile banking apps and other sensitive data. The South Korean company is already in talks with banks in some countries, Koh added.

Samsung now has a roadmap for its iris scanning technology, and as components costs come down over time, it will “trickle down to mid-end models,” Koh promised. Samsung hopes that in doing this, it can give Android a better image.

“There is a view that Android is weak in security compared to its competitor and we want to expand software security that can overcome this image,” he said.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...