Samsung Galaxy S8 rumoured to feature speedy facial recognition

As the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 neared, we’ve had all sorts of rumours and things were starting to look settled down giving a more and more clearer picture of what to expect. It seemed we knew almost everything there was to know about the device but what do you know, turns out there are still more rumours to come. The latest one claims that the Galaxy S8 will feature a speedy facial recognition capable of unlocking the device in 0.01 seconds.

A Samsung official has reportedly said that facial recognition is faster than the Iris Scanner hence it will be included on the Galaxy S8. Here’s the full quote from the Samsung official:

“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.”

Android has had facial recognition for a while before it was dropped for good reasons. It was randomly inaccurate, took a while to work and didn’t at all work in the dark.  However, with Windows Hello, Microsoft proved that such a solution can work when properly optimized, as evidenced by its latest first-party laptops and hybrid computers like the Surface Pro 4. The alleged claim that Samsung’s solution takes “less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone” though seems a tad bit difficult to substantiate in practical use.

However, according to the report by Korea Economic Daily, Samsung’s mobile division is already testing prototypes. The report also talks about speculations that the iPhone 8 might also replace the fingerprint scanner with facial recognition.

We knew there would be an Iris Scanner on the Galaxy S8 like the Note 7 but this is the first time somebody has mentioned facial recognition and when the device is only weeks away from the official launch.

I, for some reason find this one a bit hard to believe especially the 0.01 second part. But if true, this will be a boon to those who buy the Galaxy S8 since the fingerprint scanner on the device does not seem like it will be as easy to use, thanks to its placement right next to the camera. What do you think?

Source : The Investor

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