Following Apple’s move to implement the fingerprint scanner, Samsung is now studying eye-scanner technology. While there is no particular information on the inclusion of such a feature for the forthcoming Galaxy S5, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer will need to surprise consumers in order to reignite the buzz around its flagship devices, as sales have slowed down since the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c.
What appears to be certain is that the company will announce the Galaxy S5 around March or April, and it will couple the release with the launch of the Galaxy Gear successor, at least according to Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of the company’s mobile business, when speaking with Bloomberg.
Since the iPhone 5s includes a fingerprint sensor, Samsung is now focusing on using an eye scanner in its high-end smartphones. As Lee pointed out, the company is studying the possibility, but it declined to comment on whether it will make it or not to the forthcoming S5.
As it turns out, this isn’t the only area Samsung is studying: According to Digitimes, the South Korean smartphone OEM is looking to put fingerprint sensors into its flagship handsets. The catch is, it would get them from California-based Validity Sensors.
Lee also took the opportunity to highlight that, with the Galaxy S5, the company is going back to the basics in terms of design, display, and the feel of the cover.