x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Samsung hints at retina scanner for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Samsung hints at retina scanner for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags:

Samsung hints at retina scanner for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?
A tweet sent from the official Samsung Exynos Twitter account, might be giving us a little secret about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The message showed the picture of a phone (check out those bezels!) with a giant eye on the screen. The tweet reads, "Security can be improved using features unique to us. That's what we envision. What would you use?"

The image is obviously showing what appears to be a retina scanner on a phone, and while it doesn't say that we will see this on the Galaxy Note 4, it could be a huge differentiator for the phablet. A retina scanner is also considered to be more secure than a fingerprint scanner. Samsung added the latter to one of its devices for the first time, with the Samsung Galaxy S5. The actual image on the tweet shows how a retina scanner would be useful when it comes to paying bills online. Sure, fingerprint scanners can also be used to verify identity, but there have been ways to defeat it. A retina scanner would be harder to fool.

Late last year, there was some speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would launch with a retina scanner, which obviously was not meant to be. But perhaps it will be found on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is expected to be unveiled in September, at IFA 2014 in Berlin.

Is this image hinting that a retina scanner will be on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

Is this image hinting that a retina scanner will be on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4?


source: @SamsungExynos via Ubergizmo

60 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:37

1. 1113douglas (Posts: 193; Member since: 04 Jul 2013)


That is awesome. If the phone actually looks like that then take my money

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:41 23

5. nctx77 (Posts: 1760; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Look at your current phone. That's what it will look like. It's been that way since 2011 and will not change in 2014. Better luck next year. Keep hope alive!✊

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:47 4

8. Vexify (banned) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Lmfao +100

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:36 6

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'm still wondering how the hell some of you are able to post emojis.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:41

22. Busyboy (unregistered)


Me too. Hmm

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 22:15

26. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


☻  

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 23:19

32. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


posted on 13 Jul 2014, 22:46

29. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


It's a special features from PA for trolls..

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 03:58

43. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


⬇◀

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:22

53. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


posted on 14 Jul 2014, 04:00

44. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


posted on 14 Jul 2014, 04:46

45. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


✌ like this smurf?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:31

48. aditya.k (Posts: 493; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Its possible on tablets. Check if you have a tablet with you.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 11:44

55. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


posted on 14 Jul 2014, 08:34

49. aditya.k (Posts: 493; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


posted on 14 Jul 2014, 15:25

57. iGeek (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Magic

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:42

6. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


why the hell would you want a bezel that will have your thumb always on the screen even if its on the hand holding the phone? and yo you stole my old avi lol

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:50 1

9. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)


Dude, that's a iphone phablet with minimum bezels!

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:55 8

11. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Haters gonna hate. Beast of the year on its way with awesome features :)

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:20

52. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Same here

I wish this is the real N4

I love phones with sharp edges

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:39 1

2. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


A show off feature?

"Yo look, check out dis futuristic shyt"

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:39 1

3. nctx77 (Posts: 1760; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Lol! This again? I'm going to ask the same things I ask last year. How do you get this to work in the dark? Epic fail!!! Also, do you mean I have to hold the phone up to my eye to scan? Lol! Please stop the madness!!

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:28 2

16. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3887; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Why wouldn't infrared night vision work? It's what they use on security cameras for night viewing.

And OMG! Do I have to put my finger on this fingerprint scanner for it to work? Yes genius, you do. And yes you'd have to hold the phone up to your eye for it to scan it. And your eyelids would have to be open. AFAIK they can't do a retina scan of your rectum or your left nipple...yet.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 05:10

46. DillWeed (Posts: 149; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


How does it feel being this stupid?

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 18:01

58. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


just because your week little mind can understand how something works doesn't mean the rest the world shouldn't have it

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:41

4. iGeek (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


I was an iPhone 5 user switched to the Note 3 .... And now it's my update cycle it's either the iPhone 6 or the Note 4.

Hearing exciting news on both ends. I hope the Note 4 gets Android L treatment, OIS, fewer version as I had to get an SM-900 (Exynos) for my Note 3 while I wanted the 800. Quad HD, Snapdragon 805, and of course some exciting new features. I hope they don't do for the Note 4 what they did to the S5. Let the Note 4 be Prime out of the box

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:01

40. saffant (Posts: 272; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Condolences. The Exynos note 3 variant was a disaster compared to the snapdragon 800 version.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 13:42 1

56. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Lololol .. no note variant was a disaster.
They were equally good.
Exynos in my opinion is far better and if not better .. its not worse than snapdragon in any way!

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:43

7. yep_its_ed (unregistered)


I think this would actually be useful, but we'll have to see what kind of range it has. It would be awkward and no one would use it if you had to be really close to it like the guy in the picture.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 20:54 4

10. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Another obsolete feature that will remain disabled after a few days of playing around due to the Sammy-typical reliability and convenience issues.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:37 7

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If you're referring to the fingerprint scanner, I never turned it off since the second I had my phone because it worked damn near flawlessly.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 22:56 4

30. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Good for you, Smurfette.

Our definition of the term "flawlessly" seems to vary though.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 23:26 4

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


9/10 even with an Otterbox bumper right underneath it Ms. JakeLisa.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 23:37 2

35. iushnt (Posts: 1559; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Jake, it actually works flawlessly. My sis uses it all the time. She says that's the best feature for her

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 03:05

42. Carlitos (Posts: 500; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


It all depends on how you register the fingerprints when you set it up. Reviewers have been doing it the way Samsung tells them in that little animation. However, if you do it with just on hand and sliding your thumb sideways it works just fine.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:04

12. gehrig (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Then we find out that the iPhone 6 also has an iris scanner that is much better. Ha ha. Anyway, I don't see the practicality for this. It will probably not work in the dark, and require users to swipe their eyes or something. We'll just have to wait and see.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:13 1

13. afrohoxha (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


For those who claim that this technology doesn't work on the dark:
I'm sure all of you have knowledge of infrared radiation and have an idea how can be used in this case. And this article is about retinal scanning, not iris scanning. They are totally different.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:24 1

14. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


The way Samsung implements things this is just going to be an annoying gimmick...

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:26 5

15. Ninetysix (Posts: 2340; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Fail. Was hoping for a DNA analyzer/scanner.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:38 8

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Will it help determine if someone's the father or not too?

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 22:19

27. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Only for Jedi ☺

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:19

51. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Darkkjedii

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 23:03 1

31. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Especially you must be VERY interested in that, Smurfette.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 23:27 4

34. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I can get a lot of women in trouble if I could believe me Ms. JakeLisa.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:23

54. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


You are back

Works for Android and hates Android Linux

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:32

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3887; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


For everyone asking how could they do this, infrared night vision. It's what they use for CCTV cameras at night. There's an IR blaster that illuminates the area with infrared light, and a camera that can pick that up.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:37 3

19. Kuroki (Posts: 87; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


they'll release this technology for the heck of being first

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:47

23. Rager722 (Posts: 319; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Once this comes out, if it does. We can all finally say that we're in the future.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:50 2

24. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Oh more gimmicks! Its not a phone anymore. We are in this era wherein we buy phone based on wants and not need.

When was the last time we heard about innovation on telephony and connectivity? Its all "mega screens, biometrics, gajillion pixel cameras, sounds speakers" all of thos crap yet still these companies dont innovate the way we communicate.
A touchscreen smartphone for the person with disabilities, like blind or deafs, or limbless.
Network independent messaging, phones that can directly communicate with no network coverage.
Two way radio for those SOS times.

Like what are they doing with their resources? Is this what theyre studying? Its so 1974! You call that innovation? Eye-selfies?

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 23:41

36. iushnt (Posts: 1559; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


God bless you!!

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 00:02 2

37. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3887; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I agree with what you're saying, and some of these things are probably in development, but some are limited by physics.

Something like Moto's Touchless Control would work for the limbless. Things like network independent messaging and non-network phone to phone communication will be curtailed by carriers, simple as that. Add to that phone to phone like that would require a fairly substantial antenna, like walkie talkies have, and another radio for transmitting/receiving at those frequencies.

Lastly, I wouldn't simplify something like a retina scan and call it an eye selfie. Combine it with voice print recognition, which wouldn't be hard to do, and you have something very secure. If anything it opens up more markets for their devices, companies that need security clearance, military and government applications, etc.

Will most people need it? No, but in fact many people don't NEED a smartphone either, or even a dumb phone for that matter. They can be good in emergencies, but otherwise they're a convenience.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 01:38

39. Settings (Posts: 1494; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Yeah good point, they really didnt improve much. All was spec bumps. Not much really innovated since like iPhone 4-Galaxy S3-Xperia Z era.

Not much people need those eye-selfies, and yet they will put it on every phone and the consumers pay up to a peripheral they dont need. Its an accessory thats not a necessity.

Yes we need those biometrics to secure our data in phones but look differently. The more we input ourselves into those devices the more we delve ourselves to be inputting all into a point that we dont know whats going on behind these screens and all of our identity are susceptible to those who want to take advantage. Face, eyes, fingerprints, even heartbeats much of it on most guys they know already.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 05:14

47. DillWeed (Posts: 149; Member since: 14 Mar 2014)


Telephony has improved dramatically. I can talk in the loudest environment thanks to the three microphones. You couldn't do that five years ago.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 00:54 2

38. ChildInTime (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


It's not about helping people, it's about making money.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 02:04

41. saffant (Posts: 272; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


Personal preferences. Some people find network independent messaging for whatever that is useless compared to say a much more capable battery and processor. Don't hate.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 18:08

59. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


actually I keep up with alot of the mind control there is a lot of promise a lot of scientists that have a lot of things working with the control being from the mind

posted on 22 Jul 2014, 23:29

60. Major_Awquidity (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


"A touchscreen smartphone for the person with disabilities, like blind or deafs, or limbless. "

Nice argument from ignorance there. How much research have you actually done in this area? How do you know what innovations exist to assist people with disabilities in order to complain that there are none?
For your information, the Talkback facility under the accessibility settings allows a completely blind user to operate their Android device by audibly reading everything they touch on the screen. There is also a system wide zoom function for people who have a vision impairment.
Deaf people don't need help with a touchscreen phone and you look ridiculous for suggesting they do. They communicate using the myriad of text based chat platforms like everyone else. As for voice calls, not sure how you think a phone manufacturer can possibly "innovate" and cure a medical condition such as deafness to make voice calls feasible. Besides that, most Deaf people wouldn't even be faintly interested in voice calls. Do some research about the Deaf community and you'll find they don't consider themselves disabled and don't aspire to become hearing.
For those who are either paralysed or are missing limbs, great strides have been made in the last few years with voice recognition and digital voice assistants such as Google Now, Samsung S-Voice and Siri on the iPhone. I find is hilarious that you mock retinal scans by calling them "eye selfies" and call it a gimmick but fail to understand that such a technology would be perfect for someone who is paralysed so they could easily unlock their phone. Didn't you just complain that nothing innovative was being developed to help them? *rollseyes*

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 21:53 1

25. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Didn't we have a poll like couple month ago and the result showed most ppl don't lock their phone at all. All these way to unlock your phone is just gimmicks and not secure at all.

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 22:31

28. ecmedic4 (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Why does the home button look like an iPhone home button? Its round and on the inside of it, it has either a circle or square, i can't tell for sure which. Samsung always used elongated home button.

posted on 14 Jul 2014, 10:10

50. Pdubb (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


I'm really wondering what these people are doing in the dark on their phones. I don't think I have ever needed my phone to do something secure in the dark. I can usually cut a light on if I needed it.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories