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Samsung Galaxy S5 could have eye scanner; Gear successor in the works

updated 05:48 am EST, Thu January 9, 2014

Eye-scanning feature on Galaxy S5 response to Apple iPhone 5S

Samsung could be releasing the Galaxy S5 by April, according to the company's executive vice president of mobile business, Lee Young. The follow-up to the Galaxy S4 could potentially include an eye scanner in order to compete with the iPhone 5s and its fingerprint-reading technology, with the smartphone also likely to be paired with a smartwatch at the time of release.

In an interview with Bloomberg at CES, Lee said that "many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can't really say whether we will have it or not on the S5." After revealing a potential launch in March or April with a similarly-timed release, Lee suggested "you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved."

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

Earlier rumors have suggested that the Galaxy S5 could have a 16-megapixel camera, though this could turn into a 20MP version, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, and a possible 2K-resolution display.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Cold Warrior


    Joined: 01-01-01

    So you'll have to stare at your phone while it takes the time to unlock–and you can't stare at it until it's out of your pocket and you stop what you're doing to look right at it.

    What horrible usability. Give me the seamless touch ID that unlocks simultaneously to me taking it out of my pocket or waking it up while keeping my eyes wherever I need them.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Funny how when left to lead instead of follow Apple, Samsung's innovation seems half-baked and poorly contrived.

    The Gear is a perfect example of where form is a distant follower to function ("bulky").

    The hand wave gesture is a much easier is it really to wave your hand as opposed to dragging your finger across a phone screen?

    And now, eye recognition, which while nice seems less essential to smartphone operations than touch or speech (i.e. - you can use a phone w/out seeing it but try using it w/out touching and/or speaking).

    Samsung is the classic "Ram it full of stuff" manufacturer, like Dell and Gateway were w/ PCs in the some point, these types of improvements are victim to the laws of diminishing returns.

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