Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S8 To Support Facial Recognition

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The upcoming Galaxy S8 will support full facial recognition in addition to iris recognition, according to a report from The Korea Economic Daily. Several of Samsung's officials were allegedly quoted as saying that face recognition was implemented into the Galaxy S8 because iris recognition is a relatively limited solution that's neither fast nor accurate. The report states that Samsung believes facial recognition will allow users to unlock their device in just 10 milliseconds, i.e. 0.01 seconds. Another industry source said that Samsung already developed all of the necessary facial recognition technology for the Galaxy S8, implying that the feature will be ready at launch.

While limited in scope, the report suggests that the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus will feature a solution that's functionally similar to Windows Hello. While Microsoft's biometric authentication system was previously criticized in the context of third-party devices, the Redmond-based tech giant 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. However, Samsung's alleged claims of a solution that can unlock a device in 0.01 seconds may prove to be difficult to substantiate in practical use, provided that the South Korean tech giant is truly planning to ship the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus with a facial recognition feature. This technology may end up being the new hallmark of flagship smartphones after mid-range and even some entry-level handsets started adopting fingerprint scanners in recent times. The aforementioned report states that the upcoming iPhone 8 will also ship with a facial recognition feature.

Regarding Samsung's upcoming pair of Android flagships, the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are expected to feature the Exynos 8895 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC) in certain territories and 4GB of RAM. The Galaxy S8 is said to sport a 5.8-inch display while the Galaxy S8 Plus is expected to boast a 6.2-inch one, though their display sizes may be somewhat smaller once their rounded display corners are accounted for. Base variants of both devices are also expected to feature 64GB of storage space, recent reports suggest. Samsung recently confirmed that its next high-end smartphone will be unveiled on March 29.

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