Samsung may include eye-scanner with Galaxy S5

9 Jan 2014

The Galaxy S5 may include eye-scanner technology

With April only a few months away, Samsung has answered a few questions regarding the next instalment of its Galaxy smartphone series expected that month, the S5.

Details of the Galaxy S5, unveiled at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, suggest the phone’s level of security is going a step further to include eye-scanning technology to confirm the phone’s user in a similar attempt to Apple’s fingerprint technology, which was included with its iPhone 5s model.

Like all things smart in 2014, Samsung’s executive vice-president of its mobile division, Lee Young Hee, has suggested the phone will come with some form of wearable technology, most likely a smartwatch, for greater interactivity between devices.

Despite the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear last September, the wearable tech that will come with the S5 is more likely to be an upgraded version of the Gear.

How will it look?

The design of the S5 has yet to be announced but there shouldn’t be any expectations that Samsung is going to drastically overhaul its leading phone design.

In its previous incarnation with the S4, the screen size increased by 0.2 inches to 5 inches from the S3, but the general shape did not. Further questions have to be asked whether Samsung will increase the size again as it would threaten to encroach on its own tablet market in the form of the Galaxy Note.

“When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big,” Lee said in an interview with Bloomberg. “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”

Drop in sales

Coming off its first profit decline in more than two years this week, Samsung is in need of a new smartphone that will continue to have it as the best-selling Android-operated smartphone in the world. Following the release of Apple’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s last autumn, sales figures for the S4 have declined steadily.

Eye scanner image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic