Samsung’s update to its flagship smartphone could come with eye-scanning technology, according to one of the company’s bosses.”Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” said Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of the firm’s mobile business.
Talking at the CES technology show in Las Vegas, she told Bloomberg that Samsung was “studying the possibility” of including the technology but could not say for sure that it would be on the upcoming Galaxy S5.
The Samsung boss said the company is aiming to release the phone in March or April this year.
Its current model, the S4, has been a massive success, selling millions and picking up plenty of praise from technology reviewers.
The inclusion of an eye scanner would most likely be a security feature, similar to the fingerprint sensor on Apple’s iPhone 5s, which can be used to unlock the device and make iTunes or App Store purchases.
The Galaxy S4 already lets users scroll the screen using eye movement, but the feature has been criticised as a gimmick by some technology writers.
Samsung’s Lee Young Hee also hinted that a more significant physical redesign could be on the cards for the Galaxy S5.
She told Bloomberg: “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.
“For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”
The Samsung boss also revealed that a “more advanced” and less bulky Galaxy Gear smartwatch will come out at the same time as the new phone.
The South Korean company is the world’s top smartphone seller, with 32% of the global market, nearly three times as much as Apple, according to analysts Gartner.