Bloomberg: Samsung’s new smartphone Galaxy S8 will feature facial recognition

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Samsung’s new smartphone Galaxy S8 will feature facial recognition, adding a layer of biometric security to users along with an iris scanner, Korea Economic Daily reported on March 9.

Now Bloomberg also says that the new Galaxy S8 will employ facial-recognition technology for mobile payments within months of release, according to people familiar with the matter.

Adding this cutting-edge security will help the device to stand out from rivals such as Apple’s iPhone.

“Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8,” a Samsung official was citing, according to Korea Economic Daily .

“With a face scanner, it will take less than 0.01 seconds to unlock the phone.

The Galaxy S8 to be unveiled on March 29 in separate “Unpacked” events in New York and London will blend fingerprint, iris and facial detection to verify users accessing mobile services including Samsung Pay, the people said to Bloomberg.

It’s already working with banks to help them embrace facial recognition systems in coming months, they said, asking not to be identified talking about a private matter.

Samsung declined to comment, according to Bloomberg.

Samsung needs to make a hit after killing off the fire-prone Note 7, which cost it more than $6 billion and the global lead in smartphones.

The Investor said earlier that Samsung has set the sales goal for the new phone at the largest-ever 60 million units.

Previous Galaxy phones have allowed users to unlock their phones with facial recognition.

But the S8 would be the first to use the technology to verify financial payment applications.

Samsunge S8 and S8+ are now scheduled for a global release on April 28.