The new “Intelligent Scan” feature would use both facial recognition and iris scanning to give users a more secure and accurate way to unlock their smartphones.
Cue the Mission: Impossible theme music. According to a new report from XDA Developers, some clues have popped up that indicate Samsung might be looking to double down on face-unlocking security in the to-be-debuted Galaxy S9.
While face recognition can be a quick and convenient way to authenticate
As XDA Developers notes, a recent teardown of the Settings app found within an unreleased Android Oreo beta revealed something called “Intelligent Scan,” a new featured allegedly coming to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. It’s a combination of facial recognition and iris-scanning that allegedly improves the security of authenticating
Owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones can already authenticate
We also don’t know if Intelligent Scan would be exclusive to Samsung’s Galaxy S9 smartphones—with their rumored upgraded iris scanners—or whether Samsung would also roll out the feature to its Galaxy S8 smartphones (as well as the Galaxy Note 8).
Samsung is expected to officially show off the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ at this year’s Samsung Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Plenty of specifications and features have already leaked about the smartphones, and there’s been even more speculation about what the devices may or may not have. Be sure to check out the latest report from PCMag’s Sascha Segan if you just can’t wait to see what Samsung might have in store.