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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