The highly anticipated #Samsung Galaxy Note7 shows itself to the world. This is the first smartphone with an iris scanner, as has now been revealed by DJ Koh, president of Samsung's mobile division. It seems Samsung's goal is to bring this technology to future mid-range phones as well, as soon as the costs of implementing the sensor drop.
To have the technology of iris scanning even on mid-range phones (300-500 euros), Samsung will have to cut costs for the production of the sensor, which today seems to be high.
“Thanks to a continuous progressive cost cutting, the iris scan can also reach the mid-range models,” said DJ Koh. "There is a view that Android is weak in security compared to its competitor [iOS] and we want to expand software security to overcome this bias."
To date, iris scanning is the most safe form of authentication between all biometric systems, including fingerprints, because the blood vessel patterns of each individual's iris are more difficult to obtain than fingerprints.
The iris scanner in the Galaxy Note7 can be used to unlock the smartphone, and is also able to recognize the eye if you wear the glasses, as long as you keep the sensor at close range, and it works with both light and dark colored eyes.