Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 to feature facial recognition

If the recent Galaxy S8-related reports and leaks are anything to go by, it’s almost confirmed that Samsung has shifted the fingerprint reader to the back of the smartphone.

Does Samsung want Galaxy S8 users to prefer the iris scanner over the fingerprint reader as their default authentication mechanism? No one knows for sure. However, a new report from the Korean Economic Daily states that Samsung is adding facial recognition feature along with the iris scanning mechanism to improve the reliability and speed of biometric authentication.

Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8. With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone,” a Samsung official was quoted as saying to the publication. This decision comes amid speculations of Apple introducing facial recognition in its upcoming iPhone.

The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus would be unveiled on March 29 before its official launch sometime in mid-April. Samsung has reportedly set the sales goal for its upcoming flagship smartphones at the largest-ever 60 million units.

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