Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could have retinal scanner for enhanced security

Samsung could include a retinal scanner for enhanced security in the Galaxy Note 4, a Twitter post from the Korean company suggests.

Following on from the fingerprint scanner found in the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Tab S, the inclusion of a retinal scanner would take Samsung’s mobile security a step further, letting you unlock the device and authorise mobile payments simply by looking at it.

The tweet, from the company’s Samsung Exynos account, states: “Security can be improved using features unique to us” and includes a diagram showing a smartphone with the user’s eye on its screen. To the right are three bills for the phone, electricity and supermarket, which we imagine can be paid by using the retinal scanner.

Samsung and other Android manufacturers have previously used the front-facing camera to unlock the phone when its owner is recognised, but initially this could be fooled with a photograph of that person.

Samsung’s next major product launch is expected to be the Galaxy Note 4. The Note phablet range has traditionally been updated at the IFA technology trade show in Berlin, which this year kicks off on 3 September.


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