Samsung Plans to Bring Biometric Scanning to All of Its Future Devices

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In general, you can’t put a price on security. Except when you can. The peace of mind that the security features of our gadgets provide us with is priceless; we can sleep soundly at night knowing that should a thief break in at night, they’ll be able to take our jewellery, raid our safes and the contents of our wallets but our phones? Good luck getting into my phone without my fingerprint, buddy. But of course having a biometric security system on our phones is expensive, especially when the majority of the handsets featuring things such as fingerprint scanners (e.g the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S5) will cost us upwards of £400 unless on contract. So thankfully, as Samsung revealed today, the South Korean electronics maker may just be looking to bring biometric scanning features to all of its future phones.

Not only will that biometric security include fingerprint scanning but iris-scanning tech is very much still in the works for the company after the Samsung Galaxy S4’s eye-based tech (the phone’s ability to dim and brighten the screen depending on whether or not you were looking at it was an underwhelming highlight) did little to justify itself. In an interview with Rhee In-Jong, a Samsung executive, they are “looking at various types of biometric [mechanisms] and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection”.

So when can we expect to be unlocking our phones with a mad series of winks and eye twitches? That much is unclear but he did say that Samsung’s line of high-end phones is the first place that we can expect to see it. While that isn’t particularly cheery news for those who don’t want to shell out an arm and a leg, as people are wont to do with shiny, new features, we’ll still be able to get our hands on the tech in a budget form, likely soon after as Samsung would need time to research cheaper components to make the biometric features happen for much less of the cost, so we’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Via The Wall Street Journal.

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