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Are you as excited about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 as we are? If so, then you will be glad to know that we have found a video circulating on YouTube which shows us the iris scanner of the upcoming Note 7 in action and from what we can tell, it's super fast. The video seems to be of Asian (most likely Chinese) origin and was found on the YouTube channel of TechTastic. Take a look yourself to see what we are talking about exactly.



In case you had not noticed already, let us point out that the Galaxy Note 7 we are seeing over here is a flat version with a flat front and a flat back. However, this is possibly a prototype that will not reach the hands of the consumers as Samsung has probably decided to go only with the curved screen variant this year. Nevertheless, it is good to know that the iris scanner is working so flawlessly on the prototype and presumably, it will only get better when the final version is unveiled in about a week's time on August 2.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although Samsung disappointed many fans throughout the world when they launched the Galaxy Note 7 with almost the same specs as that of the S7 Edge, there is no denying that it still had a few unique tricks up its metaphorical sleeve. The iris scanner is the most fascinating and unique feature of the Galaxy Note 7 and now that we have had a closer look at it, let us brief you about it.


The biometric security system can be used with supported functionalities like KNOX and Samsung Pay. It can record and recognize unique patterns from both eyes of the user or just one, depending upon your preference. It should be noted that iris scanning is one of the highest levels of security that technology can provide to us right now and the Note 7 brings that to us with the help of its specialized and dedicated camera lens in front of the device. Before details of the iris are stored in encrypted code form, the specialized lens utilizes an infrared sensor to scan the data in from the user's eyes.



The IEC 62471 certified iris scanner is apparently safe to use and auto shuts itself if the eyes are closer to the sensors than they should be. The scanning and subsequent unlocking is fast and remains unaffected by the lighting conditions around the person, according to Samsung. More detailed reports will come in soon after it's officially released on August 19. In the meanwhile check this YouTube video by Samsung Newsroom out.



Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



An iris scanner has been beckoning for Samsung phones through rumors for a long time now and if the latest trademarks registered by Samsung at the European Union are any indication, then it will finally make its first appearance on the Galaxy Note 6.


If you are wondering what made us believe that the two trademarks are related to the biometric locking technology, let us inform you that they are quite literally termed as "Samsung Iris" and "Samsung Eyeprint."


Even though the Korean smartphone giant has confirmed absolutely nothing about the Galaxy Note 6 so far, we are pretty sure that they would not feature such a premium piece of technology on anything but a flagship device. As far as we know, there is only one upcoming flagship device from Samsung in the near future and that's the Galaxy Note 6.


After being rumoured to feature such whopping specs as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 chipset and 6GB of RAM, the iris scanner looks to be another feather in the next Note's metaphorical cap! If all these rumors turn out to be true, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is going to be a supremely powerful device to say the least.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)



Courtesy of @onleaks and Android Authority, we can now look at leaked photos of the upcoming Note 7's front panel. As you can guess, we were most interested to see what the front panel reveals to us and delightfully, it reveals that the Note 7 will indeed sport the rumoured iris scanner that we have been hearing about for a while now. As @onleaks is usually dead accurate with their leaks, this is more news than rumor.


Additionally, the photos also confirm the 5.8-inch dual Edge display that rumors have been predicting for months now. This sits in perfectly with previous reports about the Galaxy Note 7, so it isn't really a surprise at this point. Another little detail that the leak reveals is that the Note 7 won't have enough space in the front to sport the Samsung logo like all Samsung smartphones have done in the past, on account of the three lenses required for the iris scanner to work. The South Korean OEM clearly wants to keep bezel space to a minimum, so this adjustment had to be made. Did you find the confirmation satisfying or do you not care for an iris scanner on your next device?


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Evan Blass from @evleaks has just released a few renders online via Twitter and they show the three colors of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in full flurry. The colors are Black Onyx, Silver Titanium and Blue Coral, as supposedly named by Samsung. However, they have raised some eyebrows as the almost confirmed iris scanner we had seen before in the leaked photo of the Note 7's front panel, is missing here. The three circular lenses necessary for the iris scanner to work (as per a recent patent filed by Samsung) are nowhere to be seen in these alleged press renders of the next Note.



It should be noted that Evan Blass himself had declared that the Note 7 will have the much anticipated iris scanner, yet his own leak counters that theory now. Nonetheless, we can see a slightly curved back over here in this render, as well as an even lesser camera protrusion that seen on the S7. The S-Pen and its placement looks identical to that of the Note 5 and the dual Edge display can be clearly observed. Whether this is indeed the final render that will be seen on August 2 is something that we will find out in about a month's time from now.


Author: Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Although it has not even been a month since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was unveiled, leakstars are already giving us titbits about the Galaxy S8, which is to be released in 2017. As reported earlier, the S8 is quite likely to sport a 4K display, mainly for VR content consumption. However, we have details from a Chinese source on Weibo today that indicates a dual rear camera setup for the S8. According to the report, one of the camera modules will be supplied by Sony, while the S5K2L2 module will be manufactured by Samsung themselves. Although the resolutions of the sensors are said to be 12mp and 13mp, which of these resolutions the S5K2L2 module will sport is unclear as of now.


The front camera will be a bumped up 8mp sensor next year, unlike the 5-megapixel sensors that we are now used to seeing even on Samsung flagship devices. Expectedly, the iris scanner that we are just getting used to with the Note 7, should also be there. In spite of the Galaxy S8 being far from coming into existence at this moment, we are quite sure that the rumors will keep coming as they always do. Nevertheless, going by how the "6GB RAM" theory turned out to be untrue in case of the Galaxy Note 7, we would not buy into anything too soon.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Even though Samsung did not exactly say it out loud, we are sure that the iris scanner will inevitably be a part of the Galaxy S8 next year. The company has made it official that they will compensate their parts suppliers, who suffered a loss as a direct result of the Note 7's recall and subsequent discontinuation. Both common sense and reports from South Korea are suggesting that this compensation will involve endowing the S8 with an iris scanner. Additionally, Samsung may also choose to equip the S8 with a dual-lens rear camera sensor to increase revenue for the affected supply chain partners.


Sources state that the main partners who will benefit from this decision are Sekonix (camera lens supplier), Samsung Electro-Mechanics (camera module supplier), Patron and MCNEX (iris scanner manufacturer) and Kolen (supplies the lens necessary for building the iris scanner). Since there is also another rumor going around, which states that Samsung will concentrate on one flagship smartphone in the entire next year, this might actually be a good strategy. It will help Samsung stay in good terms with their suppliers, as well as slowly turning around the unfortunate incident which has and will continue to cost all involved parties dearly for at least a good while more.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Apple may take a page out of Samsung's book as the iPhone 8 is rumoured to sport an iris scanner for security. If you remember, the Galaxy Note 7 was the first phone to come with an in-built iris scanner and as of now, there has been no other release from any company which sports similar technology. If the rumors are true then the most expensive version of the iPhone 8 with an OLED display will be Apple's first phone with an iris scanner.


Rumors also indicate that the Galaxy S8, which will be launched next month, could sport the same iris scanner as the one we briefly saw on the Note 7, before it was discontinued. It will be interesting to see what changes Apple brings to the scanner to make it stand out from the competition. If they do indeed bundle in the iris scanner, will that justify the $1000 rumored price tag for the iPhone 8? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)


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