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Your next flagship phone could pack iris-scanning security measures

Luke Johnson

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Iris scanner

You’re fingerprints are pretty secure, but your next flagship phone could take biometric security measures to the next level by monitoring your eyes.

Despite smartphone-based fingerprint scanners having only just become a common sight on high-end devices, according to latest reports out of Korea, both Samsung and LG are looking to add iris-scanning tech on next year’s headline handsets.

Although the reports have failed to mention specific devices by name, it would appear that the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are shaping up as the first eye-tracking adopters.

Samsung has long been known to be working on introducing iris scanners on its market-leading handsets, with the tech originally rumoured to have been in line for an appearance on the Galaxy S5 before being pulled.

The tech will likely make use of the phones’ front-facing cameras to map the intricacies of users’ unique iris patterns.

The scanner will allow users to unlock their phones simply by looking at it as well as make more secure payments.

While the Galaxy S7 or LG G5 would be sure to make headlines if adding the tech, neither would be the first smartphone to adopt the biometric offering.

Both the Vivo X5 Pro in China and Japan-exclusive Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G currently boast iris scanners.

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With the reports (via PhoneArena) claiming that Samsung and LG will introduce the tech next year, you shouldn’t have too long to wait if desperate to unlock your phone just by looking at it.

The Galaxy S7 is expected to launch in April 2015, with the G5 tipped to land in the months that follow.

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