As Samsung prepares for the ultimate showdown of its next-in-line Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, more information has trickled suggesting a new feature that would further enhance the security levels on the upcoming smartphone. Called ‘Intelligent Scan’, the feature was spotted by XDA senior member mweinbach in an APK teardown of the most recent unreleased Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy Note 8.
In the Settings app of the unreleased version, this nifty feature reportedly combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in low light or very bright light settings. At present, the Galaxy S8 lineup and the Galaxy Note 8, all come built-in with iris scanner, which is in addition to the traditional fingerprint sensor.
The XDA member demonstrated the working of the Intelligent Scan feature through a video. By combining the abilities of both the iris scanner and face unlock, the new feature could serve as a third way of biometric authentication and unlock the device as soon as the screen turns on. However, as the report on XDA Developers notes, it is unlikely to make the traditional, and also convenient, fingerprint sensor redundant. As with the current authentication use cases, Intelligent Scan can also have multiple applications such as in verifying specific applications.
Some of the features and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have already been leaked in the past. Speculated to be the most expensive series ever, the smartphones are likely to be unveiled on February 25, a day prior to the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) annual event, which runs until March 1.
Talking about the two flagship smartphones, in all likelihood, they will be iterative upgrades to the Galaxy S8 lineup with minor design changes. Based on the renders, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will have a thinner chin, indicating a higher screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, the smartphones will be powered by the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC or its equivalent Exynos 9810 SoC. If recent reports are anything to go by then the Galaxy S9 will include 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage while the Galaxy S9+ will have 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage.
The Galaxy S9 is likely to pack a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display, while the larger Galaxy S9+ is expected to feature a 6.2-inch display. Cameras are again expected to be the talking point of the new Galaxy phones with the S9+ equipped with a dual-camera setup.
Based on speculations, the Galaxy S9 is likely to pack a 12-megapixel rear camera with variable aperture that will allow t to shift from f/1.5 in low-light condition to f/2.4 in bright scenes. The Galaxy S9+ will have an additional 12-megapixel camera with fixed aperture, which could double up as a zoom sensor. Up front, both models are likely to have an 8-megapixel camera.While we are still about a month away from the official announcement, it is speculated that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be available for preorders starting March 1 with sale starting from March 16.