Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner sounding like a real possibility, as screenshot leaks

Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner sounding like a real possibility, as screenshot leaks
How committed is Samsung to putting iris-scanner hardware on its mobile devices? The company just launched the Galaxy Tab Iris for government and enterprise use, but is this a feature that's going to remain a niche commodity for now, or could Samsung quickly move to deliver similar functionality on its flagship devices? Some trademark filings have sure hinted that Samsung has big plans for the tech, and now a leaked screenshot suggests iris scanning is very much about to hit additional Samsung handsets – with the Galaxy Note 7 (or Note 6, who knows?) possibly being among the first.

The screenshot you see here reportedly comes from a Samsung beta program. Running the image through our translation software, we learn the pop-up is requesting fingerprint authentication (as if that icon wasn't a big enough clue), with options underneath to cancel, perform alternate authentication with a PIN, and finally to authenticate via iris scan.

The image's dimensions don't make much sense for the Galaxy Tab Iris, so we do indeed seem to be looking at work to bring Samsung's iris-scanning hardware to additional Android devices.

But is this the Galaxy Note 7? Well, that's a little harder to say. It certainly makes enough sense, especially with the Note series as a historic platform for introducing new hardware to Samsung's phone lineup, but the source behind this screenshot raises another interesting possibility: maybe Samsung could first bring an iris scanner to an upcoming Galaxy A-series phone, before moving to the company's flagship lineup.

That sounds entirely possible, even if we've yet to see anything in the way of evidence to support that theory. But as we get closer to both IFA and the Note 7's presumptive early-August launch, we'll be looking to get to the bottom of Samsung's iris-scanner plans.

source: PriceRaja via GSM Arena

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nice. always good to have alternative methods of authentication on a device. I hope that Samsung is building this into software that can use the cameras already on it existing lineup so that after the Note (6) 7 debuts with this feature and up date can be pushed down to the S7, S7 edge S6, S6 edge and note 5 devices. Unless it is hardware dependent I don't see why they should only keep it on their New Note series.

17. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

It's another fail from PhoneArena, this is the Galaxy Tab Iris.

2. Leandronb

Posts: 86; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Gimmick that will not work well.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I agree and it's not needed. Fingerprint sensors are proven to be more than enough security. Does so.eo e need to hold the phone to their face to use Samsung pay? Lol! Picture that. The only thing I can see this being used for is VR. It would be a way to verify you because you do t have your phone in your hand to type.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2543; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

So this is a case of doing the same things in different ways? Lol. This is a real proof of the fact that phones have become too stale. Some Features aren't bad but the way some manufacturers like samsung do them you get the impression that they probably want to bump up their spec sheets. Iris scanners are good but we don't need them now, just like we were not ready for fingerprints during the motorola atrix days. Seriously smart phones are getting more and more ridiculous instead of getting practical. Why the hell do I need an iris scanner? I am not holding te codes for nuclear missiles for Christ sake... Fingerprint scanners were a big jump from pattern unlock/pincodes because they were simply night and day in terms of convenience. But an iris scanner? Reminds me of face unlock.

10. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Hear, hear. Companies should focus on battery life. #1 priority imo. The resolution is fine, fingerprints are fine. I read about batteries made out of Styrofoam and how incredible battery life they get. I want to see advances in that type of way. Not iris scanners

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Exactly. The stuff they are coming out with now just seems like these manufacturers are desperate for people to upgrade. That's including Apple. Actually, it looks like Apple is throwing in the white flag till 2017.

11. Furbal unregistered

Can't use a fingerprint scanner with gloves on. How about people that live in non temperate climates?

18. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Benz, You said "Iris scanners are good but we don't need them now". Are you saying that you don't have eyes yet and human species need to be evolved to get eyes in the future, that Samsung finally would develop iris scanner for security?

4. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

IRIS SCANNER is cool thn fp sensor !! It feels wuhoo!! Mission impossible !!

5. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Those are note 5 beta program screenshots!!!! Which means it will be included in next generation note series. Here is more screenshots


Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Once again Microsoft feature I like how we just don't said Microsoft is the best at features that others take. Dont buy this phone do yourself a fave and get lumia 950 and surface phone join us with a community that creates not duplicates.

13. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015


14. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

if only my ass can laugh... hew hew hew

9. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

What kind of eye disease does that guy have in that one shot?

12. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Battery and speaker would be a good adventure their R&D can focus on.

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