Samsung Galaxy S9 may not be coming with some state-of-the-art design, but leaks have continuously been suggesting that it will have at least some surprises up its sleeve. From variable aperture camera to stereo speakers, they’re gonna be many never seen before things in this upcoming Samsung flagship.
Recently we’ve also come across another such thing in a new leak, which is being known as “Intelligent Scan”. But besides this feature, the design of the device has also leaked once again, and this time with some new info. One of these two leaked things is exciting, while the other is not so exciting. I’ll start with less exciting thing first.
The Very Familiar Design
According to some Galaxy S9 cases recently put on MobileFun for sale, the design of Galaxy S9 is going to be so similar to its predecessor that an S8 can fit almost perfectly in the case of S9. Except for the difference in cutouts on the back of the phone, there’s not any other issue.
The rear cutouts don’t match because Samsung has decided to change the shape of fingerprint sensor this time and locate it centrally below the camera lens. However, the overall length, breadth, and width of Galaxy S9 are gonna be same as that of its predecessor. It’ll be slightly thicker though, but not much.
So that’s about the design. Now let’s move on to the more exciting thing.
What’s this Intelligent Scan?
Well, put simply, it’s Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Face ID. While Samsung was first to start the journey of unlocking phones with a glance by including iris scanners in Galaxy S8, Apple’s Face ID turned out to be years ahead of it in terms of security and reliability. Therefore, Samsung also needed to do make something better as quickly as possible. And Intelligent Scan is what company has built for that purpose.
How will it work?
A leaked Samsung patent suggests that Intelligent Scan will be a combination of both face recognition and iris scanning technologies, perhaps because Samsung wants to build a solution that’s at least as (if not more) reliable as Apple’s Face ID.
The feature first leaked when Samsung’s Android Oreo beta software was found to contain the code needed for it, and later a Samsung patent was also discovered by LetsGoDigital providing more details about the functionality of the feature.
As always, there will be 3 modules in the whole system: an IR LED, a proximity sensor and an iris Scanner. However, the actual process of authentication will be a bit different. When the face of the user will be at a certain distance from the device (which will be measured by the proximity sensor), the IR LED will illuminate it with invisible infrared light, just as traditional light source modules do.
However, the camera module this time will be capable of capturing not just iris but also the part of user’s face. And then it will be the job of software to combine the data captured from both these sources and compare it to the data saved in a database for authentication.
A System That Can Be Expanded
But there’s something more interesting about it. The leaked Samsung patent suggests that this technology can be expanded to products other than smartphones as well. It can be expanded to TVs, cameras, e-readers, PCs, and tablets as well. In a nutshell, this is something on which company can build a thriving ecosystem of devices. An ecosystem that will be loved by company’s fans immensely (only if it turns out to be reliable).
So that’s another new feature of Samsung Galaxy S9. Will it be able to counter Apple’s Face ID? Maybe yes, maybe not. Only time will tell. For now, it’s clear that Samsung will have another great year once again, largely because Apple’s 2018 iPhones are gonna cost more than $1,200.