Report: Samsung inked Galaxy Note 7 iris scanner supply contract with Korean firm Partron


In the second installment of the Galaxy Note 7 Iris Scanner Saga, we get to learn that Korean imaging technology maker Patron is supplying the full volume of biometric and iris camera modules destined for Samsung's upcoming phablet. According to the report, the company won the bid "months ago".

This is another reassuring sign that the Note 7, which is how Samsung allegedly named the Note 6 that's expected to be unveiled in early August this year, will ship with iris scanning security. Prior to this report, a supposed Note 7 screenshot where an iris scanning option is available as an alternative to fingerprint authentication leaked online.

While the next Note contender won't be Samsung's first iris scanning device, it's going to be its first high-profile eye unlocking smartphone sold globally. Samsung debuted an iris scanner on the India-bound Galaxy Tab Iris, which is designed for use within the country's government structure. In the related press release, the company said that its "advanced iris recognition technology" will allows for hassle-free biometric authentication.

With an iris scanner or not, the Galaxy Note 7 is expected to come with a 5.8-inch Quad-HD resolution AMOLED screen, powered by a latest-generation Qualcomm or Samsung chipset. Samsung might also stick as much as 6GB RAM inside its hero phone for 2016's second half. With the Note 7's alleged dual camera setup and August announcement, it's hardly a secret that the smartphone is designed to brawl with Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 Plus, which is also said to feature two rear cameras. The early launch strategy has worked fine for Samsung so far, and chances are the August announcement rumor will pan out.

source: Korea Herald (in English)

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21 Comments

1. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

Definitely getting this and the new iPhone.

2. Jevon5

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 15, 2016

I want to get the note 7 but I'll think I'll wait and see how android N is on my note 5 until I decide.

3. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

I'm sure it was explained in a previous article, but why Note 7 not 6?

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

To align the number with the S line

8. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Samsung jumped to note 7 to get caught up to the S series number.

4. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

What happens if you're in a dark room? Wouldn't it be difficult for the Iris scanner to find the eye in the dark? Doesn't seem very practical to me. Stick with the fingerprint scanners or try a facial recognition system. At least you'll have more room to work with.

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I heard a rumor that it could be the scanner that works in very low light, but I would think you could use them in tandem if one doesn't work you have the option to use the other... Like when the fingerprint sensor fails and you have to use your pin or password...

9. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

That is true. Well! I can't judge unless I've seen the final product!

11. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Most modern phones equipped with an Iris scanner use infrared light, so lighting conditions are irrelevant.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe it's an IR scanner.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Have you ever used Samsung smart Stay? Smart Stay uses the phones camera to see if your head/eyes is still in front of the screen, which keeps the display on while you're possibly viewing. It works in low light, but sure not complete darkness per say. However the screens display is bright enough on both my phone and Tab S that even in the dark, smart stay works just fine. I don't see this as being any different. That would be my guess.

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Patiently waits for Evan Blass leaks...

10. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Not sure that the iris scanner would be that great.....you would have to hold the phone in front of your face i guess similar to the way the S3 had the facial recognition unlock....which was a pain in its own way....it was cool to show off but not real practical....idk....wait and see i guess

20. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I could imagine that the iris scanner would come with a wide angle, which allows to scan eyes even you don't look directly to the scanner.

12. Phonehex

Posts: 758; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Im bored after getting the S7 Edge , No phone excites me any more. I usually buy 3 or 4 phones an year. This year im waiting for the next big things from Apple and Samsung. So far except for an IR blaster the S7 Edge has been pure WOW.

14. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Why don't you get the Moto Z The phone industry has become too stale for some years now. We need more phones like the Moto Z and the S7E tbh. Pound for pound, innovation for innovation, design for design and feature set for feature set I don't see any reason why anyone wouldn't go all out on the Moto Z and the GS7E tbh.. Yeah, they're not cheap but that's the point, technology isn't cheap and innovation is definitely not cheap, hence they're targeted at a different audience. You know innovation has gotten to a peak when you hear people arguing over things like shape and location of a fingerprint scanner. Lol

17. Phonehex

Posts: 758; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Considered that , unfortunately the Moto Z will be available after the Note 7 and too close the the next iPhone. Moto Z will be zzzzzz by then. Moto Z has too less of a battery and the Z force display will most probably be bad to the touch. I hate using screen protectors for that sole reason. I used the Moto Force last year , screen was bas to touch and also very dim. One more biggest con of buying Moto products (Moto X 2014 , Moto X 2015 ) are that they have such bad resale value and also tough to sell even if i offer at really low pricing . I've had past experiences with which i can confidently say that only Apple has REALLY strong resale value followed by Samsung which is just behind apple in that sense. I actually buy all of Samsungs and Apple flagship phones. The rest just don't have that much demand or resale value

15. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The top 3 phoned this year are s7 for best , moo Z for something different and oneplus 3 for price. I guess they'll need an on screen button or a press of home button for the scanner to work. I imagine not being able to look at the lock screen.

16. kenaldinho4444

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

Take my money.....

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I wonder how this effects people who wear contacts? Or fake contacts to give themselves different eye colors?

21. MichaelDennique

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

I like what I hear regarding the Galaxy Note 7 I would also like to see a Note 7 - 7" display tablet with the same bells and whistles.

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