Samsung will reportedly bring several upgrades to the iris scanner on its next Galaxy S phone, presumably called the Galaxy S9. Some of these possible changes include a shorter response time, better recognition in dark or bright environments or when the user is wearing glasses, and a slightly higher resolution, 3-megapixel lens (up from 2MP in the The Korea Herald.) according to
More secure biometric authentication -- like fingerprint sensing, iris scanning and facial recognition -- is always a good thing, but the update may seem especially necessary afteron the Galaxy S8 using a photo and contact lenses. After the hack the security of its iris-scanning tech, but an improved scanner may help those concerned rest more easily.
Currently, fingerprint and iris scanning are the only biometric methods Samsung deems secure enough to use as authentication for Samsung Pay (sorry,). According to the report, Samsung is working to get more mobile banking apps to be compatible with the iris scanner as an authentication method. Since we're dealing with monetary transactions, security is a top priority.
A Samsung spokesperson told The Korea Herald that an "Iris scanner is the safest biometric authentication (among iris, fingerprint and face recognition) and we will continue to improve the system for upcoming smartphones for safer banking transactions," but did not reveal any specific plans for the Galaxy S9.
But the Galaxy S9 may not be alone. The report's source also claimed that Samsung is on target to expand the iris scanner to its budget phones by late 2018 or early 2019. Right now the Galaxy S8 andare the only Samsung phones with iris scanning -- excluding the .
We've alreadythat the Galaxy S9 may get a fingerprint scanner similar to the Galaxy S8's. When you consider that the fingerprint scanner's proximity to the camera was one of our biggest gripes about the S8, an updated iris scanner may be a better alternative.
Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this story.