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Galaxy S8 may ship with super-fast face recognition feature

by Josh Levenson | March 9, 2017March 9, 2017 7:00 am PST

Samsung may bundle a super-fast face recognition feature in its upcoming flagship smartphones of 2017, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, to compensate for the limitations of iris scanning (aka the painfully slow identification time and terrible accuracy), reveals Korean publication The Investor, citing local news outlet Korea Economic Daily.

This should come as good news to those who were angered by the firm’s alleged decision to position the fingerprint reader — which was housed in the home button on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge — on the back of the devices, as it offers a more convenient, equally responsive method of authentication.

“Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8,” an anonymous Samsung official was quoted as saying. “With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone.”

Face recognition isn’t new, though

As noted by Android Central, face recognition via the front-facing camera has been baked into Android since the release of Ice Cream Sandwich back in 2011, but it has always been a bit of a hit or miss affair. Technology has advanced since then, though, (just look at the system Apple is said to be developing) and Samsung has the resources required to make it function quickly and reliably.

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...