ViewSonic may be first to market with Iris scanning and recognition technology with V55 smartphone

Rumors over LG and Samsung flagships packing iris scanners were quickly snuffed at the very beginning of the year (2014, that is). Whether such technology was ever legitimately being looked at or not is a matter for debate, but while we ponder that, it looks as though ViewSonic may be ready to introduce a decidedly mid-range spec’d device with a bio-metric feature no other smartphone currently has.

The ViewSonic V55 was apparently planned to be released late in 2014, but the year has passed along, and so it may be a news maker for early 2015. The V55 is said to be equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 at 1.4GHz, 2GB or RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. On the back, a Sony sourced 13-megapixel camera that will accept external add-on lenses.

On the front, hidden from view, a small iris scanner in the upper-right of the bezel is protected by a small sliding component. Just as with fingerprints, once the scanner has mapped the iris, only the owner can unlock the device. Unlike fingerprints however, it is virtually impossible to spoof the pattern of an iris. The V55 has some pretty thin looking bezels on the sides, with a notable chin and forehead housing the iris scanner and what appears to be a good-sized speaker and earpiece.

The iris scanner is said to have functionality to enable the user to lock files or photos, so if the device were handed off to someone other than the owner, those files are protected.

ViewSonic is not a big player in the mobile space, the last mobile phone we have seen from the company was the ViewPhone 5E, a basic smartphone from 2012. The same goes for its tablet offerings too, the ViewPad E100, also from 2012.

Information about when or where the V55 will launch, and for how much, is not available.  Its insides do not scream flagship price, but other flagships are not equipped to scan an iris either.  That said, the V55 will probably have a competitive price point. 

What do you think of an iris scanner as a way to unlock your device and handle other sensitive features?




1. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

"Unlike fingerprints however, it is virtually impossible to spoof the patter of an iris. " nice if it is true

2. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010


9. engineer-1701d unregistered

hows it a concept iris scanners have been used for 20 years i think the tech has gotten high enough to put in phones as long as we dont want tiny thin phones

3. viisign

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Correct me if I'm wrong but what if I had a close up pic of the persons face? I could zoom in on the eye and hold that pic up to the iris scanner? But I think its a cool idea.

4. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

then there must be an option where the phone asked the user to blink in order to unlock the phone

8. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 597; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

yea but if the scanner is good enough to pick up pattern in the iris wouldn't it be able detect that its looking at pixels on top of the fact that it would have to be an amazing picture.

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

correct just like samsungs face unlock blink to show your alive

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, people want light waves entering their eyes a few dozens time a day?! Do you know people that work with X-rays wear lead suits?

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

How do you see without 'light waves' entering your eyes?

12. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There are light waves and there are light waves.

13. Os_Money

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

...and then there are stupid people :D

7. Sid91 unregistered

Hope the iris scanner is not as buggy as the fingerprint scanners were at the beginning, I cant help laugh imagining people going wide eyed every five seconds at bus stops and meeting trying to unlock their fones. (LMAO)

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

lol this is why i like implants nfc between thumb and finger with your data dna coded put in babys at birth and adults know you know who did the crime and unlock your door,car,phone,get payments all that

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