Market analysts skeptical about the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner's usefulness

Market analysts skeptical about the Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner's usefulness
As the Galaxy Note 7's unveiling date approaches, we get more and more tidbits about the phone — some might even say we already know all there is to know about it before Samsung even takes the stage to show it to us. One of the features new to the line is the iris scanner – we've heard about it in reports, we've seen openings for it cut in leaked frontal panels of the device, and we've even seen a screenshot of the software that's going to operate it.

The Note 7's iris scanner is not going to be the first in the industry. Most prominently, such a device was featured on the Microsoft Lumia 950, where it worked in conjunction with Windows Hello – the software, which takes care of user security. So far, this type of lock hasn't gotten a stellar reception, mostly due to the physical limitations of a phone-mounted iris scanner, and market analysts fear that the same may happen with the Note 7's scanner.

The concerns are raised by how previous implementations of the technology worked in terms of speed and vulnerability to lighting conditions and distance from the user's face. In less-than-stellar conditions, the iris scanner could require more than one scan and has the person try different angles until they catch the best lighting over their eyes and the best positioning for the phone. Naturally, this can get annoying fast and leads to users preferring to go without the iris scanner altogether.

According to the analysts quoted by Korea Herald, Samsung needs to have taken great care to improve on the usability of the technology if it wants to meet the level of hype it has generated among its consumers.

We are also interested in seeing if Sammy has managed to improve upon the iris scanning tech in smartphones. While unlocking your phone while holding it up and staring at it may sound weird, maybe this type of lock can be used only for specific sensitive features, such as Samsung Pay. An iris read is said to be much harder to spoof than a fingerprint scan, and in this day and age, where we hold so much of our important information on our handsets, we can see the appeal for such a device.

It just so happens that we currently have a poll running on this very topic right here, so check it out and voice your opinion if you haven't!

source: Korea Herald via SamMobile

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  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Respect to Samsung for pushing technology forward but this is rather gimmick. To show off, play for a week or two and done and dusted. You still have to pick up the phone and stuck it in front of your face BUT in between that you already place you finger on finger scanner and the phone is unlocked. It has limited use in terms of mainstream and rather is marketing bubble. WHile we already have to notch finger scanners available and implemented in most mid to high end phones.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

But the thing is this can unlock phone without picking it up!! Or gloves on !! And iris scanner can be used for big things like Sammy pay , !etc wait for final product!! Fp sensor was also a gimmick in past!!

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

And you still have to pick up the phone after initiating iris scan unlock. Think of so many countries that has mild climate and never use gloves for this propose it would be pointless for market like that. Sammy pay is fine but same thing can be done without even looking at the phone but simply using finger scanner to initiate transaction . At this point I am curious to see what is going to happen so I am also excited too :)

13. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

14. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

You need to view this link onI a pc as its flash It shows it unlock in sec's as soon as it goes to the unlock screen

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just use FPscanner then.. they didnt force anyone to use iris scanner, they include it just for anyone who are willing to use it.. did you use every single feature on your phone? notebook? car? microwave? or other stuff? no... if you didnt like a single feature, doesnt mean the whole human race didnt like that feature

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

it's not about me or whether I like it or not. It's about implication of it and whether it will catch up , will be wildly accepted, if developers be working on it .You have to take it into account that if it doesn't work this feature will be dumped anyway whether you like it or I dislike it. Just think outside you like and dislike zone. Article is about analytical forecaster so my opinion too.

11. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

The 950XL has improved the tech quite a bit. It sucked at first but firmware/software updates and it takes a second to open up. I don't have to shove it in my face. If I'm at a store I take phone out and look down at the same distance I would be holding it and it unlocks. The only problem is if there is some really severe sun shining right at the camera lens. But avoiding it isn't that incovenient if it does happen.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1816; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

We're picking up our phone and looking at it many times during the day. It's only natural that an iris scanner be placed in a device that we have to look at anyway... Implementation is going be key here, will I have to physically wake the phone up by pressing a button for the iris scanner to fire up or will it simply start looking for my iris when I pick the phone up?

12. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

This is the one issue with my 950xl. I have to double tap the screen or press the power button to trigger the iris. A gesture could be added like flipping phone right and back. Who knows. That would be neat, but I find double tapping the screen works well for me.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

if there was to be a note EDGE it should be note edge 2.since the edge started with the note series,..just saying.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Samsung, king of gimmicks!!! The tech is sorta like the s pen. Cool, and fun at first, but then after a few days, its all forgotten. Smartphone innovation has peaked for some years now. Only moto Z seems to be truly pushing the envelope on what's possible tbh. With the Z, you just know that anything and feature/function is possible. Now that's the kind of stuff the industry needs #BelikethemotoZ So what if someone steals your phone and all they'll need is for them to put the phone in front of your face and viola, its open even if you look at it mistakenly or what if someone is holding your phone and its locked, all it'll take for the phone to be open is you mistakenly looking at it and bam!!!!! Its open.. Then you'll have to look like a jerk by collecting your phone from the person all over again. Lol

9. Donbenie

Posts: 259; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

You really don't know how the feature will pan out when released,so it's rather presumptuous on your part to assume the scenario you pointed out is going to happen,I'll like to believe Samsung are a little bit more intelligent in its implementation than you're giving them credit..

10. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

What kills me is they put this gimmicky stuff in that I won't use, but take away features like the IR Blaster that I use several times a day on my Note 4. IR Blaster is a necessity for me.

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