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Samsung Galaxy S9 to sport boosted iris scanner and facial recognition tech

Samsung’s next flagship phone, likely the Galaxy S9, is set to sport boosted biometric security features, with an improved iris scanner and better face recognition.

The South Korean tech giant is apparently working on enhancing its biometrics tech through improved software, according to Korean outlet ETNews.

An anonymous source noted that “there may be new add-ons through software applications” alongside boosts to the response speeds of the iris scanner and Samsung’s facial recognition tech.

This would suggest that the Galaxy S9 will not have massively boosted front-facing cameras or a fancy sensor array as found in the iPhone X‘s screen notch.

Rather, Samsung will give its software a through nip and tuck to make its vision-based biometrics more snappy than they have been in the Galaxy S8.

While Apple is making a song and dance about its Face ID face scanning tech, Samsung has had facial recondition features in its phones dating back to 2011. But even with the critically acclaimed Galaxy S8, the tech, notably the iris scanner, was a little sluggish and unresponsive, making it easier to tap in a password or use a fingerprint scanner.

However, while iris scanning is not as fast as other biometric systems, it’s a good deal more secure than some facial scanning technology that can be tricked with decent photos of a user.

So if Samsung can improve the speed of its iris scanner and related biometric features, it could offer a strong security feature that’s as easy to use and as snappy as Apple’s Face ID.

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