Iris Scanner or Facial Recognition on the Galaxy S8? Which Feature Would Be Considered Better?


A few minutes ago, we reported that the Galaxy S8 was not going to feature an iris scanner, but facial recognition instead. Here, we check and see which feature would be better suited in the smartphone from a speed, accuracy and ‘level of security’ perspective.

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A Samsung official in the report said that the iris scanning technology would not be used due to speed and accuracy issues. On the Galaxy Note7, the addition of the iris scanner was definitely a fresh way to unlock the device, but as the above statement indicates, it was slower than the fingerprint reader and you had to align the phablet in such a manner that it would be projected at your eyes directly without creating an angle otherwise the phone would remain locked. Since it was a brand new security implementation on the Note7, critics were under the impression that the feature would be retained on the Galaxy S8, but that might not be the case after all.

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While facial recognition might be accurate and blazingly fast, my first and foremost concern would be how would the technology behave in low-light conditions. In the dark, when responding to a text message or receiving a call, I would effortlessly place my finger on the fingerprint reader, unlock the phone and carry out whatever I wanted to do. With the facial recognition feature, I have my doubts on accuracy especially when the scanner will not be able to see your place properly, prompting users to unlock the phone using the fingerprint reader at the back.

Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are slated to announce on March 29 and I still have a feeling that if this facial recognition technology is not as fast and accurate as the fingerprint reader on the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7, then you could see users retain their satisfaction of fingerprint scanners for the foreseeable future. However, if it is truly ground-breaking, then this new form of technology could be used for other applications such as facilitating payments. Regardless, we want to hear your thoughts on the matter so check out the poll below and let us know what you think.

Do you prefer a facial recognition or iris scanner upgrade on the Galaxy S8?