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Moto Z (2017) could feature iris scanner for added security, patent suggests

The iris scanner on the Moto Z will be in addition to the embedded fingerprint sensor.

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At the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, Lenovo–backed Motorola is expected to announce new smartphones including the next iteration of its Moto Z smartphone. Speculations about the Moto Z (2017) edition have been doing the rounds of the internet for quite some time. Now, the latest to add to the list of rumors is that it will feature an iris scanner for biometric authentication.

Based on a patent filing, the narrow angle lenses will be placed alongside the regular front camera. The lens allows the phone to find the position of the eye even if the user is not facing the phone directly or is facing it from the side. The sketches of the smartphone further reveal that despite having the new biometric sensor, the smartphone will continue featuring the regular fingerprint sensor embedded into the home button.

Moto Z 2017-patent

Recently, a new Motorola smartphone was spotted on the benchmarking website Geekbench, bearing model number XT1650 which is the same as the Moto Z smartphone and has been rumored to be the upcoming Moto Z (2017). ALSO READ: Motorola Moto Z with Moto Mods is modular smartphones done right

According to the Geekbench leaks, the speculated Moto Z (2017) likely comes powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. The new processor brings performance improvements and power efficiency to devices. The smartphone further comes with 4GB of RAM. On the software front, it will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. With these specifications, the smartphone achieves a single-core score of 1,930 and multi-core score of 6,207. While a lot of details are still uncertain about the Moto Z (2017), it is highly probable that it will continue with the modular functionality the current model comes with. ALSO READ: Moto Z Review: The Tony Stark of smartphones

To recall, the Moto Z, which was launched in 2016, comes with a range of Moto Mods that can be connected to the 16-dot magnetic gold plated connector at the back of the smartphone. These snap-on mods made the Moto Z a more user-friendly modular smartphone as compared to the LG G5. In terms of specifications, the Moto Z features a 5.5-inch quad HD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz and paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. The 2017 edition thus brings in processor improvement. In photography, the Moto Z comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash, optical image stabilization (OIS), 4K video recording at 30fps and full HD video recording at 60fps. Up front, the smartphone houses a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calling.

If the rumors are to be believed, the Moto Z (2017) will mark its debut alongside the Moto G5 and G5 Plus at the upcoming annual conference which is scheduled to be held in Barcelona from February 27 – March 2.

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  • Published Date: January 27, 2017 5:14 PM IST