Samsung has officially confirmed that its latest flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, will be unveiled on the 2nd of August 2016. While there have been numerous leaks of the device over the past few weeks, this latest one shows off the Note 7’s brand new hardware: its iris scanner.
The Galaxy Note 7 has been rumoured to feature an iris scanner for quite some time now, but the video below is our first look at the new feature in action. Evidently, the scanner is quite competent: it appears to be able to recognise a user’s iris in a short amount of time.
While the iris sensor itself seems competent, the feature isn’t exactly as seamless as it should be. As the video demonstrated, users will have to first unlock the device and swipe up on the display; only then the Note 7 will start the iris scanner. Then again, it remains to be seen if this is merely an issue with early prototypes of the device.
An iris scanner on a smartphone is hardly a new thing. The ZTE Axon Elite, for one, already had such a feature, although it is by no means as competent as a fingerprint sensor. It will certainly be interesting to see if Samsung can overcome any shortcoming of an iris scanner with the Note 7.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is slated to be launched on the 2nd of August 2016. While there are no confirmed specifications of the device yet, many believe the unannounced phablet will be sporting a dual-curved display, Qualcomm’s – or Samsung’s latest Exynos – processor, as well as a water-resistant body.