Samsung's Knox platform secures the company's products, including its mobile devices. The platform continues to be improved with new capabilities that further enhance the safety and security of Samsung's devices. An important hardware-based security solution that was first introduced a couple of years ago is now being expanded to Samsung's mid-range phones.
The company confirmed at the Samsung Developers Conference 2023 in San Francisco today that Knox Vault will be expanded to new Galaxy A devices running One UI 6.0 or later in 2024. This will be the first time that the Knox Vault is made available on mid-range phones.
Knox Vault had only been available on flagship phones so far
Samsung introduced Knox Vault with the Galaxy S21 series two years ago. It's a hardware-based solution that runs completely independently from the primary chipset running Android OS. Knox Vault has been designed as an isolated and tamper-proof subsystem that has its own processor, memory and non-volatile secure storage.
Knox Vault stores highly sensitive data such as hardware-backed Android Keystore keys, the Samsung Attestation Key, biometric data such as the fingerprints you use to unlock the device, and more. Since it operates completely independently, the code that runs on the Knox Vault Processor is highly insulated from attacks that utilize shared resources. This means that Knox Vault can continue to protect your sensitive data even if the primary chipset is entirely compromised.
Samsung has only made Knox Vault available on flagship handsets, including the Galaxy S, Galaxy Z Flip, and Galaxy Z Fold series. The Galaxy Tab S8 and Galaxy Tab S9 series have it as well. The company has confirmed at SDC 2023 today that Knox Vault will now be expanded to more devices, including select Galaxy A series devices that come with One UI 6.0 installed out of the box next year. Samsung Neo QLED 8K TVs will get Knox Vault later this year.
While the wording here suggests that Knox Vault may not be offered on the entire 2024 Galaxy A lineup, it does leave the possibility open that Samsung may bring this crucial security feature to more lineups in the future.