Poll results: around half of users don't think the iris scanner on the Note 7 will be all that useful

Poll results: around half of users don't think the iris scanner on the Note 7 will be all that useful
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.

Market analysts are a bit skeptical about the iris scanner on the Note 7 being able to live up to the hype. We asked you for your expectations and here's what voters said:

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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45 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I agree. It's just a gimmicky feature. A new feature for fanboys to brag about their phone. Although the Note Series have always been a power-packed device.

4. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Note is mainly aimed at enterprise where security is of importance. It's no secret that finger print readers can be easily bypassed. All you need is a bit of skill. Heck you can even bypass iphone reader with a gummy bear providing the reader has a perfect fingerprint left on it.

23. cncrim

Posts: 1586; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

i have to see if the thing work, specially in low light condition.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17317; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Exactly. If it works as well as Windows Hello, it'll be great.

50. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I use my smart watch to auto unlock screen. That's work fine for me.

24. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's fast and (allegedly) more secure than fingerprint sensors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeSOwKhMlpk

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because all we can do is guess until the phone is released. Once its here we will see what it can be used for. If Samsung opens the SDK for it, it could be used for anything you can sue a fingerprint reader for.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"...for anything you can *sue* a fingerprint reader for" So you can SUE a fingerprint scanner, @TechieXP1969? Wow!

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's obvious its a typo...right? It's obvious I meant "use". I mean really?

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Then why don't you double check your script before posting? Because nearly all of your posts have have typos, as per my notice.

25. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"...posts have have typos" The irony lmao

27. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Mine's a word duplicate ("have have"), but not a word mispelling (typo). Besides, my posts rarely feature a confusing word misspelling. So why are you "lmao"? Or are you simply trolling me?

32. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The irony is that you just asked him to double check his posts before posting them, got it?

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's still a mistake. Fool. You type have twice. That is worse than transposing a couple of letters. Fool! The fact is you made a mistake, it doesn't matter what type it is. You tried to counsel me for my mistake and made an even worse one...OH THE IRONY OF A HYPOCRITICAL TEACHER WANNABE.

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So I'm not allowed to have a typo. Drop dead! Its obvious the letters were reverse. You've NEVER transposed letters or numbers? Like I said. DROP DEAD! Quoting from you?! "Then why don't you double check your script before posting? Because nearly all of your posts HAVE HAVE typos, as per my notice." Because you aren't human and you don't make mistakes? Fool!

3. Firestorm

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Why these PA idiots always see the negative side ? If it is apple then obviously a different story..

6. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Iphone 8 may have it. It will probably be done really well though and give it a neat marketing name mentioning it's the first of its kind.

9. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The first of its kind? This is already on the Lumia 950 series. Unless you mean the first of its kind for Apple.

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they'll say something like this: "THE FIRST EVER iris scanner on iPhone"

35. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah and then try to sue Samsung by saying that they stoled it from them.

33. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

It will be called the iEye...LOL. Aye Aye Captain!

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Iris scanner is going to be mainstream just like fp sensor! Do remember folks you hear this first here!!! Some early works :- unlocking with gloves on! 2-fp+iris =Sammy pay 3:-unlock without picking up the phone!!!

46. Nopers unregistered

Wow, you said a half smart. I did't actually think of that. This means you can unlock the phone if your finger is wet or if you have gloves on, that's actually perfect for me, I work in the lab a lot and wear gloves. But using 2 factor authentication for Samsung pay would be more of a nuisance than a boon.

10. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

lol someone actually predicted that PA would come up with a title like this for poll results. if this was an iPhone they would have written something like "around 50% users are looking forward this innovating feature"

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what about "70% of voters will use iris scanner as soon as they get the phone" 70% from the combination of "i'll try it out", "use both", and "use exclusively"

11. hateftotti

Posts: 225; Member since: May 03, 2011

Guys today I had chance to paly with Note7 for a while. Iris scanner is accurate and precise even more than I expected and because IR light it is working better in dark places. This phone is a true monster. Much more faster than S7. It is perfect.

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You lost all credibility. Note 7 use same hardware as the s7 same soc same ram ect.

12. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I will use mine first thing. I hate using my fingerprint while I'm eating or walking about. This will be an awesome new feature

13. htcisthebest

Posts: 435; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

It doesn't matter whether a particular feature is useful or not. The iphone 6 had the gimmick 3D touch which is dumb and useless but people still buy it. I am sure the Note 7 will sell well also.

14. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Y'all be in doubt till that 'gimmick' proves you wrong and shut your asses up

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