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Galaxy S8 may use face recognition for mobile payments

by Josh Levenson | March 17, 2017March 17, 2017 6:30 am PST

Last week, a report surfaced online claiming that Samsung may bundle a super-fast face recognition feature on board the Galaxy S8, and now Bloomberg has revealed that the firm is also exploring the possibility of using it as a form of authentication for mobile payments.

People familiar with the matter, who wished to remain anonymous, have reason to believe that Samsung is working to combine facial, fingerprint and iris detection to accurately verify a user’s identity when they attempt to access sensitive mobile services, like banking applications and Samsung Pay.

It would appear that the firm is well into the development stage, as it’s reportedly already started “working with banks to help them embrace facial recognition systems in the coming months.” Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what financial institutions will support it off the bat.

Aside from face recognition

Overall, it certainly sounds like the Galaxy S8 is set to bring some great new features to the table. Aside from the rapid face recognition functionality, which is rumored to be able to unlock a device in 0.01 seconds, the handset is expected to sport a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, a Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU and a 12MP rear-facing camera.

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