Eye Scanning Samsung Galaxy S5 comes into sight
Samsung Galaxy S5 with iris scanner and QHD display to be unveiled in February?
Rumours regarding the inclusion of an eyeball scanner in the Samsung Galaxy S5 have resurfaced.
This time around it's the Korean version of ZDNet who are claiming that Samsung will showcase their new Iris scanning technology at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February.
Samsung's rumoured technology would enable users to unlock their smartphone by scanning their eyeball and could also be used to authenticate app purchases. Suddenly, Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor seems rather dated.
The most likely candidate to debut the eye scanning technology is the Galaxy S5, which is expected to be unveiled early next year - with Samsung reportedly moving forward its launch in light of lower than expected sales of the Galaxy S4.
But it's also possible that the pioneering technology won't quite be ready in time for the Galaxy S5's predicted April launch, meaning we'll have to wait that bit longer for every sci-fi fans' dream to become a reality.
We'll find out either way in a couple of months time in Barcelona at MWC 2014.
Whenever we think of eyeball scanners we can't help having visions of Wesley Snipes opening up a prison door with an eyeball stuck on the end of a fountain pen in the cult movie 'Demolition Man'. But in reality they should offer a pretty secure and head-turning way to unlock your smartphone.
Iris scanners use camera technology to capture the colored ring around the pupil of the eye and utilise pattern recognition to identify users. An image can be taken from up to 3 to 10 inches away and the technology is extremely reliable.
Iris scanners are also much less intrusive and simpler than Retina scanners, which beam an infra-light into the eye from very close range and are generally seen as unsuitable for commercial devices.
First smartphone with a QHD display
Samsung's eye scanning technology may not prove to be ready in time for the Galaxy S5, but it looks as though the new smartphone could be the first to have a QHD display.
Samsung are thought to have already finished developing the new displays and are now gearing up to begin mass production of QHD displays.
QHD displays run at a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels making them 4 times as sharp as 720p displays, opening up the potential for staggeringly high pixels-per-inch ratings.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is also rumoured to have a 64-bit Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and a 16 mega-pixel camera. It's due to go on sale in April and as soon as we get fresh information about Samsung's smartphone you'll be the first to know.
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By Simon Thomas on 17th December, 2013
Tags: Samsung Galaxy S5