Poll: are you excited to see the rumored iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7?

Poll: are you excited to see the rumored iris scanner on the Galaxy Note 7?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be announced in less than 2 weeks and, as can be expected, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Rumors, reports, and even photos have showed us the curvy screen, and the new iris scanner module, including the software instructions for operating it.

Now, we can't say we've had the best experience with iris scanners on smartphones thus far. The system looks like it requires certain conditions to work, needs the user to hold the phone in a specific way, and can end up feeling a bit awkward and clunky. On the flip side, however, fingerprint sensors can be spoofed, and with how prominent this type of lock has become nowadays, we can imagine that hackers will be getting craftier and bolder. Iris scanners, on the other hand, are a bit harder to lie to. Also, who knows – maybe Samsung will do an awesome job at integrating it?

Samsung has just managed to shake off the infamy it had for brim-packing its smartphones with questionable features that many called “gimmicks” and “bloat”. Do you see the iris scanner as the return of the gizmo stuffing, or as an actual tool that you'd be happy to use?

What do you think of the rumored iris scanner on the Note 7?

I don't care for it. I hope it doesn't mess with my phone's battery or operation
32.38%
I'll try it out, but I'll probably forget about it soon after
21.87%
I'll set it up together with the fingerprint lock and use both
32.88%
I will use the iris scanner lock exclusively
12.87%

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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

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39 Comments

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I really wouldn't call it very useful or gimmick until I see the actual implementation.

41. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Right. Got to see how/if it works, then decide.

3. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Iris scanner makes the phone unlocking difficult while driving. That is a good thing.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it doesn't.

18. gigicoaste

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

hmm.. so looking at the phone is more difficult than typing the pincode or searching the fingerprint sensor and looking at the phone in the same time!?

4. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Forget the Iris Scanner. The Note 7 should come with dual speakers, an improved camera, and no headphone jack; I also would have liked a mute switch, but I know they do not want to copy Apple. Samsung should help begin the phasing out of the 3.5m jack for USB Type-C headphones for improved audio quality. I'm sure next year this will happen but for now, I might have to go with the new iPhone. I want so badly to come back to Android, but I am not seeing anything I like and developers are making apps exclusively for iPhone, especially games, which also makes it difficult to return to Android.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sounds like you want an iPhone. So why not go an get that.

21. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I like the open software system of Android, but some hardware design features of iPhone are great.

49. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

hardware design features of iPhone are great....... Man, get your head out of your as*.

20. gigicoaste

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I don't need dual speakers, the camera on s7 it is more than good enough for daily pictures ( I have a DSLR when I want something better) and also I am using my headphones with jack connector.. So what Samsung should do now? Remove things just because some users are not using?? doesn't makes sense.. Also I don't get it, you have so many requests that it is obvious Note 7 is not for you , so why you are not buying something will match your requirements. For me Note it's more like a business device and also a travel companion. Obvious that Samsung has a special target customers for this device, not meant for those which needs dual speakers to listen loud in public or on the street or radio when are tones of alternatives.. Buy something else if you are not happy, why to be stuck with one brand/device.. why to be unhappy! IMO

42. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I sincerely hope you don't get your wishes.

14. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Like I've said MY CA$H is been ready for it iris or not

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not even remotely, I'd never use it.

17. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I probably won't use it if I get this phone but if it turns out to be as good or better than Windows Hello on SP4, then it will be useful for many who'd use it.

22. ebilcake

Posts: 1228; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Nope, not really. Gimmicky, I thought they were going to stop focusing on gimmicks and crap nobody needs.

23. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

This is so dumb. Why not give us something they know everyone wants like a shatterproof display?

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

current shatterproof display is amazingly easy to scratch.. even with key

28. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Samsung article people. Good grief. Oh know. He's back. Been here all along. Ugh.

31. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I definitively won't use. I have a difficult time trusting these companies with my finger, never mind an Iris scan. Besides, years from now, there will be findings indicating scan was depleting your sight.

34. Kukujiao

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 02, 2016

Iris scanner during winter/working with glove

36. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm excited about the phone, period!

37. avatar unregistered

I don't care for it. I hope it doesn't mess with my phone's battery or operation... so true!

38. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

People will use it for a day or two to show off then turn it off. Fingerprint scanners have solved the problem, but Samsung wants to solve it again to get sales. There is no point. The process is too slow and doesn't work in the dark.

39. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMdVHDqJsEs If Note 7 have the same effect like on the video what will be your next excuse?

40. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Try that in the dark!

43. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I am gonna act surprised... Watch the whole video

46. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

This smartphone enhances the experience of a Samsung device. If the samsung note 7 exceeds S7 edge, this year Samsung will be the most innovative brand in smartphone.

47. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I have both a Note 5 (best phone ever) and a Lumia 950xl with an iris scanner. I think the iris scanner is the stupidest gimmick. You literally have to hold the phone about 10 inches from your face, often at eye level. If the lighting isn't bright enough, forget it. With my Note 5 I can actually place my thumb on the sensor as I'm lifting it out of my pocket and have it unlocked by the time I can lift it up to look at it. Very easy to do as I get up from my desk to walk somewhere in the building. With the Lumia I feel like a total idiot walking down the hallway with this phone 10" in front of my face hoping it will unlock before I bump into something. I am NEVER buying another phone that doesn't have a front-facing home button with a finger print sensor unless they can incorporate it into the screen and touching that screen also wakes the phone. The front-facing button is so convenient when my phone is lying on my desk and I want to wake/login to it without picking it up. Not to mention all the apps that have been incorporating fingerprint auth (Financial banking apps, IRA accounts, Walmart Pay, etc.)

48. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

It totally depends on usability. If its fast enough, why not?

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