Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could measure UV rays

Unafraid to add another health-related feature to its smartphones, Samsung's next big thing could have a built-in radiation sensor.

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The Galaxy Note 4 could feature an ultraviolet sensor next to the heart-rate monitor. Sarah Tew/CNET

Samsung, in its continued push into the health-and-fitness space, could add yet another sensor to the next-generation Galaxy Note. According to details obtained by SamMobile, Samsung's forthcoming phablet may feature an ultraviolet (UV) sensor.

An industry first, the Galaxy Note 4 would help track potentially dangerous UV levels. A companion app would score radiation from "low" to "extreme," and offer recommendations.

To measure conditions, we're hearing that the phone sensor's will need to maintain a 60+ degree orientation, with the phone's back to the sun.

Samsung historically hosts Unpacked events at the annual IFA conference in Germany. This year's extravaganza gets under way on September 5, so look for the Note 4, amped up with all its sensors, to arrive then.

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Scott Webster has spent the better part of his adult life playing with cell phones and gadgets. When not looking for the latest Android news and rumors, he relaxes with his wife and son. Scott also is the senior editor for AndroidGuys. E-mail Scott.

 

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