Galaxy S9 will feature an improved iris scanner, report says

The upcoming Galaxy S9 will feature an improved iris scanner that’s secure enough to be used to protect sensitive information, according to a new report published by The Korea Herald. Samsung is also refining the software the feature uses to process requests, in a bid to cut the response time from the current one second.

“The iris lens will be improved to 3-megapixels from 2-megapixels of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 to capture clearer images. The scanner will better recognize users’ irises even when they wear eyeglasses, move their eyeballs or are in a too dark or too light environment,” said a source reportedly familiar with the firm’s plans.

A number of financial institutes in South Korea have adopted iris authentication to secure their respective banking applications – but most still see it as a fad. Samsung is, however, hoping the bump in security on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will convince them otherwise — finally bringing the technology into the mainstream.

Let’s recap what we know about the Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, for those in need of a refresher, are expected to sport a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Infinity Display, respectively, a Snapdragon 845 processor and a pressure-sensitive Home button. They should also ship running Android 8.0 Oreo and have a repositioned fingerprint sensor on board.

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