Screenshots confirm the presence of an iris scanner on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Screenshots confirm the presence of an iris scanner on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7
As we get closer to the August 2nd unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, some of the rumors are beginning to become reality. Samsung is skipping the Galaxy Note 6 name so consumers don't get confused? Check! Now smartphone buyers will know that the Note series isn't one generation behind. Rumors of an IP68 certification also appear to be true, thanks to a Zauba listing. This would make the Galaxy Note 7 the first in the series to be water resistant.

And the day after pictures of the AT&T variant of the phablet are leaked, screenshots show the device's iris scanner in action. Thus, another rumor becomes reality. With the iris scanner, the Galaxy Note 7 user adjusts the phone so that his eyes are positioned within two circles found on the screen. The unit should be held 25 to 35 cm (10-inches to 14-inches) from the face, states a leaked screenshot listing the directions.

According to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, the iris scanner takes less than one second to unlock the Galaxy Note 7. And you can still unlock the device using the fingerprint scanner if you prefer, which is now embedded in the home button.

We have plenty more rumors that need to be sorted out before August 2nd. Now that the information is beginning to leak freely, we expect to pass along a lot more information in the days and weeks ahead. If you're interested in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, feel free to check in often.

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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



1. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

In my opinion this is dumb. We don't need iris scanners. They could have put a better camera module instead and work on battery tech. This move just pushed me towards the LG V20, the next Nexus or possibly iphone. We'll see.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I'm sure they will put better camera module and bigger battery for this phone.. and I'm also sure that note7 will beat V20, nexus, and iPhone in term of battery life and camera result

16. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Better camera?. They are putting the s7 camera. Last years galaxy camera was better except for night pictures. Maybe the battery will be bigger and better optimized. Like I said. We'll see...

18. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Don't totally agree. The 12MP module is more of a sidestep in pure hardware than downgrade, but the software processing def was: yellowish photos. But I'll bet the Note7 won't have the same issue.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Last years galaxy camera was better except for night pictures." Sources? This clearly contradicts with that statement, the S7 camera is clearly better in video (especially noticeable when he zooms in, where the S6 video looks blurry despite having higher MP count), selfies, daylight photos, and also night photos, even the microphone records sound with less noise despite it being waterproof: Only place I'd agree it does better is in getting more details in photos of further away objects, due to the higher MP count. However, that didn't quite help in videos.

3. launernoon

Posts: 81; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Go now, no one cares. Heck, nobody even knows you. Lmao. Who do you think you are? Switch now to LG or Nexus or even Iphones. No one is stopping you whose appeared as an unknown to everyone. Lmoa.

8. Charlie2k

Posts: 120; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Iris scanner is the safest alternative today. Fingerprint scanner is a rather unsafe alternative - that actually lowers the security level of the phone in comparison with phones without fingerprint scanners at all. Fingerprints can be copied. Once copied... it's gone forever and you cant do anything about it.. When you are sleeping - anyone can just borrow your finger and unlock your phone. And so on.... Iris scanners don't have these flaws.

11. gigicoaste

Posts: 442; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

You mean, YOU don't need iris scanner.. OK, if that is your opinion. I'll never understand why people like you are talking in the name of others.. share your opinion, sure, that's why the comment section, but don't assume that are more people as you. Ontopic, more security features, better market, more satisfied customers. Same about fingerprint scanner, is dumb and WE don't needed .. all manufacturers adopted the technology..

12. Subie

Posts: 2348; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The simple solution is to just not use it. use the fingerprint scanner instead. More features = more choices!

13. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

If you don't like iris scanners don't use it. Its as simple as that. Samsung is inovating Don't make them apple let them do what they want its the only company which is pushing technology in mobile and chips like big screen, dual edge and now iris scanner

4. bigcat

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

true@rick_mobile. or better return the ir blaster.

17. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Word. I would actually use the ir blaster a lot. I would even mess with my friends tvs. Lol

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I guess it could work ok with a raise-to-wake function if you really didn't want to touch the screen for some reason (or if hands wet so touch sensor less effective) but 99.9% of the time you'd use your phone you'd have your thumb on the screen for a touch sensor anyway... The only thing you don't touch the screen for is to glance at notifications which you could see from the lock screen anyway?

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Well, it's still a nice extra.

21. jeevanand88 unregistered

Also for the stay awake option when we are reading something for long time... the device won't lock automatically irrespective of any time to lock settings... it was already there in previous galaxies now with the iris sensor it would work 100% perfect

7. GTRagnarok

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2014

This seems a little more hassle/involved than I had imagined it. I figured it would be more seamless without needing to position your eyes in two circles. But we'll need to see it in action before drawing any conclusions.

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1816; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I think the two circle thing is just for the set up portion of the iris scanner... But I could be wrong.

10. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1816; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Implementation is what's it's going to come down to. If all I have to do is pick up my phone and look at it then yes I'm drinking the iris scanner kool-aid since that's what we do 100% of the time anyway, it's already natural to us. But if I have to wake the phone up by physically pressing something when I pick it up then I might as stick with the fingerprint scanner...

14. DarkVader777

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 2016

Yadayadayada, I'M Rocking the S6 edge plus. Samsung is simply the best. Personally I was set to grab the S7 note and still might. One problem though, there's nothing wrong with the phone I have. So get it if you want it, if you dont then Stfu with complaining. Everyone knows that Samsung just does it better. And to cry about the Iris scanner being on there is not a good enough reason to complain. Wait until the phones released then all you haters can go to work. But everybody knows then been kicking everyones ass in sales, so complain about the bulls**t other manufacturers, their the ones trying to keep up.

19. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Let me state the obvious; people that wear eyeglasses are not going to have much success with the Note 7's iris scanner.

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"people that wear eyeglasses are not going to have much success with the Note 7's iris scanner if they're too ignorant to train it". FTFY. Windows Hello handles the task fine with glasses once trained: If Samsung does it similarly, it will be fine with or without glasses.

20. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

The 25 to 35cm thing makes this a fail already. I was hoping they had managed to get it to work when you just look at the fone naturally - without you having to "pose" for it like facial recognition.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This iris scanner is no no for me. Fingerprints are good enough, and a nice password to back them up. Note 5, till next year.

25. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

I'd rather have my finger removed than my eye ball, if someone decides they really want access to my stuff. 2 LOL OP. That's not why it's more secure.... Unlike the fingerprint that has around 60 to 70 points of differentiation, the iris has over 200,making it more secure.

26. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Iris Scanner: Can be used even with gloves, useful for people living in cold places during winter. Since we are talking about security, it is more secure because no one can unlock your phone without your knowledge. Someone can unlock your phone using your finger while you are sleeping.

27. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

You still haven't uploaded the link, showing that you own the Note5 yet? I definitely don't believe you own no N5.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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