One of the most exciting rumoured features of the Galaxy Note 7 is its iris scanner. It brings with it an entirely new security feature for the company and has the potential to usher in a new era of biometric identification, considering Samsung’s global popularity.
Of course, many believe iris scanning is a gimmick which in reality will prove to be more inconvenient than passing your thumb over a sensor.
Only time will tell who is right and wrong in this argument, but a new leak from a Chinese media platform allows us a closer glimpse at this new, potentially-groundbreaking technology.
The video shows a user entering the lock screen and the phone immediately capturing and registering his eyes. With impressive zip, the device unlocks in less than a second. Yet to be seen, of course, is the false acceptance and rejection rate, which is the most crucial element of any security feature.
Underneath the video portion that captures his eyes at the top of the screen, the bottom is dedicated to a back-up pattern code.
Another interesting elements of the video is that the user doesn’t have to get very close to the camera. He is far enough away from the handset that the video captures his hairline and most of his nose, in fact.
Does this mean that the scanner is based more on eye structure than iris? We’ll have to wait until the Note 7’s August 2nd launch to find out.
In addition to the iris scanner, the Note 7 is rumoured to contain Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 SoC and up to 6GB of RAM (at least, that’s the hope, though there’s been some doubt), as well as 64GB internal storage plus MicroSD and UFS hybrid memory card slots, a 12-megapixel dual camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,600mAh battery and IP68 water resistance rating.
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