Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ tipped to boast a 3MP iris scanner for improved iris recognition


It's December already, which means that we are mere months away from the anticipated announcement of Samsung's next big things, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, so it's quite normal to hear more and more about what these might have in store for us. 

The latest rumor circulating about the duo comes straight from Samsung's home turf and claims that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will feature iris scanners with increased resolution which would both increase the sensors' recognition rate and shorten the time needed for a successful scan and greatly increase the success rate in certain scenarios. The dedicated iris scanner camera sensor will allegedly bumped up to 3MP, an important improvement over the 2MP unit found on either the Galaxy S8, S8+, and the Note 8.

“The iris camera lens will be improved to 3 megapixels from 2 megapixels of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to capture clearer images. The scanner will better recognize users’ irises even when they wear eyeglasses, move their eyeballs or are in a too dark or too light environment,” insiders familiar with the matter told Korea Herald.

Aside from solely bumping the resolution, Samsung is also tipped for developing new software to go along with the better hardware and further improve the iris recognition rate. Overall, the new iris scanners on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to shorten the scan rate well below 1 second - still not as fast as a fingerprint scanner, but Samsung will definitely be poised to further perfect its biometric security feature.

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16 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

“...improved to 3 megapixels from 2 megapixels of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to capture clearer images..." I thought megapixels were about size and not quality? Maybe if they said, "...from 2 megapixels...to capture wider images to widen the facial recognition areas..." would've made more sense.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's extra 50% of pixels will be usefull to capture more detail.. Grab your phone and try to shoot 8MP and 12MP photos, and compare the detail, which one is more "clearer"

16. daniyal_05

Posts: 93; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

Let’s hope s9 sell more than the iphoneX which not many people buy

4. Cat97

Posts: 1978; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Are you really serious or are you joking ? Since you are scanning iris images , of course wider images are useless. You need higher resolution for the same image size.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He's kinda confused. But He still got a point since Note8's iris scanner FoV is really narrow, make it more wider will make unlock much easier. (But I think it's more secure if the FoV is narrow just like the current one)

11. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

The increase in MP on the iris Scanner is not about being clearer, its about depth perception, detail perception and getting a better quality scan of your eyes. With a stronger sensor, as with a regular camera, you get a sharper image. Considering how detailed the Iris is, it also means less errors and no one being able to unlock your device. Unlike a generic face, both Irises are unique in each person. Twins or people with a similar face won't be able to unlock with their Iris. There is 0 chance anyone can unlock your phone with an Iris Scanner.

10. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This isn't a camera we are taking about. This is the sensor for the Iris Scanner. Higher resolution means a higher depth of field. Which means you won't have to hold the phone so close for a scan. Did you even read the article? Its not a camera. The camera on these phones are above 5MP.

3. Avieshek unregistered

What megapixel does the iPhone X use?

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

IIRC its 30,000 dots of infrared. So, if that camera only capture infrared, then it's 0.03 Megapixels /s

9. thxultra

Posts: 472; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

The iphone X doesn't use a iris scanner so can't really compare.

5. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

People are looking at screens not the iris scanner, that's what make it slower to recognize, stupids. Also it works well in low light, it uses IR LED.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

Im just hoping it works more consistently and that we dont need to align our eyes as often, which it seems like it will

12. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I wish they could get it to work with contacts or glasses more accurately.

13. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

On Oreo, the iris scanner is already much improved in terms of speed and consistency (even with my glasses).

14. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

I hope Samsung stick and improve the iris scanner and don't go after the face unlock craziness that gonna happen in the next 2 years it could be one of the features that distinguish galaxy devices from others

15. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

wow, really? Like that 3mp sensor wasn't around when the S8 was being developed?? Oh I see, this is the type of incremental upgrades that Sammy wants to imitate like some other famous phone maker....

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