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Is Galaxy Note 4 Really Coming with a Retina Scanner?

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 might come with an in-built retina scanner. The Korean electronics company tweeted through its official SamsungExynos account, “Security can be improved using features unique to us. That’s what we envision. What would you use?”



Galaxy Note 4 is expected to launch in September this year at IFA 2014, along with a new smart home platform and its Google Glass rival Gear Blink. The smartphone will come with  a 5.7-inch bendable display with QHD (1440x2560p) resolution, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 16MP camera and Android 4.4 (KitKat) in the Galaxy Note 4. It also run the upcoming Exynos 5433 octa-core processor.

An earlier report has said that users will be able to unlock their Galaxy Note 4 by simply writing on the screens. Samsung is still working on eye scanning technology that can be used to pay mobile, electricity and supermarket bills.

A Samsung vice president has already confirmed that the company will soon bring biometric scanners to even low-end smartphones.

Earlier, the company had unveiled  its UI in 9 Indian languages for its smartphones and tablet users. also, it had introduced two mid-segment smartphones in India – both under INR 8500. Recently, Samsung had acquired New York based social-video startup Shellby.TV and unveiled health tracking device in May, 2014.

Also Read: Samsung to launch Gear Glass in September

Times of India says: Before Samsung unveiled Galaxy S5, there was a rumour that the company will use an eye scanner in its top smartphone of the year. Of course that turned out to be a red herring as Samsung went with a fingerprint sensor rather than an iris scanner.

Considering that Samsung is developing the eye-scanning technology in-house, it is likely that the biometric function will debut with a top-end model. This makes Galaxy Note 4 a likely contender, as the rumoured Galaxy S5 Prime smartphone is said to retain the fingerprint sensor.

In May this year, Samsung applied for a patent in South Korea about the user interface of iris authentication in smartphones. The current generation of biometric scanners, such as fingerprint sensors, is not foolproof and Samsung would have to make its eye scanning technology more secure against hackers.

Value Walk says: It indicates that the forthcoming Galaxy Note 4 would have a feature never seen before on other smartphones. The tweet, which is accompanied by the above image, shows a device that focuses on the eye. On the right side, there is a list of bills with ‘pay’ button. It suggests that users can process payments without any security risk.

The image has the tagline “Unlock the future,” so the eye scanner can be used for unlocking the phablet, too. If included, the eye scanner would make the Galaxy Note 4 one of the most secure devices in the world. Security is a hot topic in the tech world. A retina scanner could be a huge selling point for Samsung’s new device.

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