Iris Biometrics Made Room For Galaxy Note8’s A+ Display

“With fingerprint sensors now considered a standard feature on contemporary smartphones, the full-size display of the Note8 is facilitated in part by the device’s use of iris recognition as the primary means of user authentication.”

Samsung’s new Note smartphone isn’t out yet, but it’s already getting strong accolades from DisplayMate Technologies, a standards testing organization for display technologies from projectors to plasma TVs. Iris Biometrics Made Room For Galaxy Note8's A+ DisplayIn a statement, DisplayMate said that the Note8 is “the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested,” and gave it a grade of “Excellent A+”.

In assessing the device, DisplayMate praised its bezel-free Infinity Display, which curves around the edge of the Note8, echoing the design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices launched earlier this year. With fingerprint sensors now considered a standard feature on contemporary smartphones, the full-size display of the Note8 is facilitated in part by the device’s use of iris recognition as the primary means of user authentication. As with the S8, the inclusion of this feature has allowed Samsung to put the fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device, freeing up space for a bigger screen on the front – a design approach that Apple is thought to be emulating with its new flagship iPhone.

Samsung hasn’t yet confirmed the source of the technology underlying the Note8’s iris recognition, but it seems fair bet that Princeton Identity has once again been relied upon. The company provided iris scanning technology for the S8 and S8+, and was in fact launched with financial backing from Samsung Ventures.

In any case, some of the praise Samsung is now receiving for the Note8 is due also to the iris recognition technology helping to make its design such a success.

(Originally posted on Mobile ID World)