Over the course of the past few weeks, we’ve heard an awful lot about Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, and its integrated iris scanner. The speculation first kicked off when a couple of screenshots taken on the device were leaked online with the option to “Use Iris” as a method of unlocking the handset. Following the flurry of leaks that emerged shortly after, the manufacturer confirmed the existence of the emerging technology in invitations it sent out to members of the press for an event it’s holding in New York on Tuesday, August 2, where it will finally take the wraps off the latest iteration in its smartphone-tablet hybrid range.
It’s safe to say that I’m very excited to try out the iris scanner. I’ve never had any experience with any feature of the sort, and to have it built into my smartphone will result in a more convenient user experience. However, it would appear that many market watchers don’t share the same mindset as me as they believe that the service may “fail to satisfy consumers” because “speed, distance setting, vulnerability to lighting conditions and other specifications of use have raised resistance to the technology [in the past].” The interest is certainly there from consumers, though, but it all comes down to whether Samsung can overcome such shortcomings to create a scanner that can analyze an iris in just a couple of seconds, and I see no problems with it doing so.