Samsung looks set to include facial recognition technology in its upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, allowing users to unlock their phone by simply looking at it.
The move is due to problems with iris recognition tech, which has proven to be too cumbersome in testing, reports suggest.
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Speaking with reporters in South Korea, an anonymous Samsung staffer said: “Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8.
“With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone.”
Last year’s Galaxy Note 7 came with iris scanning technology, but was pulled from shelves just weeks after release due to an issue with exploding batteries.
It’s not clear whether Samsung’s facial recognition system was developed in–house or is simply the same face unlocking feature available as part of Google Android.
The latter does not require any special tech and works with a smartphone’s front–facing camera.
It seems Samsung will still include a fingerprint scanner, which will be found on the rear of the Galaxy S8.
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are due to launch at a special event on 29th March, with an on–sale date pegged for late April.